Posted: Jan 4, 2012 10:02 AM by Cecilia Stevenson
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The owner of a Grosse Tete truck stop has filed suit against the state of Louisiana and Iberville Parish in a last-ditch effort to keep a 550-pound tiger on display at the facility.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, comes two months after a Baton Rouge judge ruled Tony, a Siberian-Bengal mix, is not permitted by state law to remain at Tiger Truck Stop on Interstate 10. That ruling is being appealed.
Michael Sandlin's suit contends the truck stop has a federal permit to keep the tiger, and that the state law and a 1993 Iberville Parish ordinance which prohibits anyone from owning wild, exotic or vicious animals for display or exhibition are unconstitutional.