Covering Louisiana

Apr 26, 2013 1:12 PM by AP

La. appeal court: Truck stop tiger permit illegalA

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana appeal court says a state permit for a tiger displayed at a truck stop outside Baton Rouge was not valid because the truck stop's owner wasn't the animal's legal owner.

The 1st Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a district court ruling in the case over Tony, a Bengal-Siberian tiger mix displayed as an attraction at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, about 20 miles west of Baton Rouge.

The three-judge panel also upheld an order barring the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from granting a new permit to truck stop owner Michael Sandlin.

Truck stop attorney Jennifer Treadway Morris says she will ask for a rehearing - and, if that fails, go to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

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