GateHouse News Service – Posted May 03, 2012 @ 03:10 PM
Iberville Parish and Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr. have been summoned to court Monday (May 7) of next week as part of a lawsuit involving the Grosse Tete truck stop tiger. Attorney Barry Marionneaux will represent Iberville Parish in the courtroom next week.
Michael Sandlin, owner of the truck stop and the tiger known as Tony, is suing the State of Louisiana through the Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Attorney General of the state, and Iberville Parish over the Petition in Intervention by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
The present action is taking place due to the adverse ruling against Sandlin and his truck stop in the case of Animal Legal Defense Fund et al v. State of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries et all that is pending in the 19th Judicial District Court.
The suit is in retaliation to a judgment made in a trial in November of 2011 that revoked Sandlin’s permit to keep the tiger and a final and permanent injunction was ordered against the Wildlife and Fisheries and granted the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s request for an injunctive relief. However, the court denied that Wildlife and Fisheries had to seize the tiger and released to the Animal Legal Defense Fund group. The state of Louisiana through the Wildlife and Fisheries was assessed costs of the 2011 proceedings.