Aug 30, 2011 9:20 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge appeals court has threw out a judge's ruling that barred state officials from issuing any new permits to an Iberville Parish truck stop to keep a 550-pound tiger on display.
On Monday, a three-judge panel of the state's 1st Circuit Court of Appeal sent the matter back to state District Judge Mike Caldwell for another hearing. The Advocate reports the court ruled that Tiger Truck Stop Inc. in Grosse Tete and its owner, Michael Sandlin, deserve to be heard.
Caldwell's ruling in May came after the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to have the tiger removed from the Interstate 10 truck stop.
Only attorneys for the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the state took part in the first hearing.