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ALDF Asks Louisiana High Court Not to Hear Tiger Case   Leave a comment

tonyNEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Animal Legal Defense Fund has asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to let stand two lower court rulings that the owner of Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete cannot have a license to keep a tiger.

The nonprofit group says it filed a brief Wednesday with the court saying the trial judge and an appeal court were correct to rule that Michael Sandlin was not eligible for a permit.

Twelve-year-old Tony is the latest in a series of tigers that Sandlin has kept at the truck stop near Baton Rouge. He has asked the high court to hear his case. His attorney, Joan Treadway Morris of Baton Rouge, contends that both the state district court in Iberville Parish and the state’s First Circuit Court of Appeal made numerous mistakes in their rulings.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund brief argues that Sandlin’s request for review lacks legal merit and doesn’t raise any new significant questions.

“Tony has waited long enough. It’s been more than two years since the district court first ruled — correctly — that Sandlin and the Tiger Truck Stop are ineligible for a permit to confine Tony,” executive director Stephen Wells said in a news release. “We expect that the Louisiana Supreme Court will find Sandlin’s latest filing meritless and finally put an end to this case.”

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Group-asks-La-high-court-not-to-hear-tiger-case-4671465.php

Comments Needed! How do you hope the Louisiana Supreme Court rules in the truck stop tiger case?   1 comment

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Please add your comment supporting Tony’s release to a reputable big cat sanctuary here: http://www.nola.com/crime/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2013/07/truck_stop_tiger.html

By Rebecca Alexander, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
on July 05, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin has asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to let him keep a 12-year-old Bengal-Siberian mix tiger named Tony. Sandlin’s permit to keep the Tiger was ruled invalid by the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in April, due to the fact that Sandlin is not the animal’s legal owner.

Tigers have been on display at the truck stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana since 1988. Tony and his 40-by-80-foot cage have been the focus of animal rights complaints at least since 1988.

Do you think a new permit should be issued to Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin? Or, should the tiger be seized and sent to a reputable sanctuary?

http://www.nola.com/crime/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2013/07/truck_stop_tiger.html

Truck stop tiger case headed to Louisiana Supreme Court   Leave a comment

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NOTE: Senior attorney Matthew Liebman said the Animal Legal Defense Fund will be filing its opposition to Morris’ request. “The application is entirely without merit, yet another attempt by Mr. Sandlin to delay the inevitable and prolong Tony’s inhumane captivity,” he wrote in an email.

BY JOE GYAN JR.
Advocate staff writer
July 04, 2013

The fate of Tony the truck stop tiger is now in the hands of Louisiana’s highest court.

Jennifer Treadway Morris, an attorney for Tiger Truck Stop and owner Michael Sandlin, said Wednesday that she and fellow lawyer Paul Baier filed an appeal Tuesday at the state Supreme Court in New Orleans.

The state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge ruled in April that the 550-pound Siberian-Bengal tiger mix cannot continue to be housed in an exhibit at the Grosse Tete truck stop where he has lived for 12 years. The appellate court refused last month to reconsider its decision.

The truck stop off Interstate 10 in Iberville Parish has been displaying tigers for 25 years.

“Michael Sandlin has exhibited tigers at Grosse Tete’s iconic Tiger Truck Stop for twenty-five years, to the delight of countless children, interstate travelers, and local citizens,” Morris and Baier state in the documents filed at the high court. “His capital investment as well as TTS’s property interest in Tony the Tiger are at stake.”

State District Judge Mike Caldwell ruled previously that a 2006 Louisiana law bars the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from renewing Sandlin’s permit to house Tony at the truck stop exhibit. The 1st Circuit’s April decision affirmed that ruling.

Caldwell concluded the department violated its own rules by exempting Sandlin and Tiger Truck Stop from permit requirements for owners of big cats. The judge ruled that a state permit can be issued only to an individual, not a corporation. Tiger Truck Stop was the permit holder, not Sandlin, the judge said.

The truck stop’s last annual state permit expired at the end of 2011.

Sandlin contends he has held a federal permit to keep tigers at the truck stop since 1988.

Tony, the last privately owned big and exotic cat in the state, is well cared for, healthy and happy, Sandlin has said.

http://theadvocate.com/home/6421217-125/truck-stop-tiger-case-headed

State’s top court is next stop for tiger case   Leave a comment

adv tonyBY JOE GYAN JR.
Advocate staff writer
June 12, 2013

An attorney for a Grosse Tete truck stop and its owner said Tuesday the Louisiana Supreme Court will be the next stop in the case of Tony the truck stop tiger.

“We’re going to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary,” Jennifer Treadway Morris, who represents Tiger Truck Stop and owner Michael Sandlin, said on the heels of an adverse state appellate court order.

A three-judge panel of the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal on Friday refused without comment to reconsider its April ruling that Tony, a 550-pound Siberian-Bengal tiger, cannot continue to be housed in an exhibit at Tiger Truck Stop off Interstate 10.

The panel on April 25 upheld a previous ruling by state District Judge Mike Caldwell that a 2006 Louisiana law bars the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from renewing Sandlin’s permit to house Tony at the truck stop exhibit.

Caldwell concluded the department violated its own rules by exempting Sandlin and Tiger Truck Stop from permit requirements for owners of big cats. The judge ruled that a state permit can be issued only to an individual, not a corporation. Tiger Truck Stop was the permit holder, not Sandlin, he said.

The truck stop’s last annual state permit expired at the end of 2011.

The appellate court panel, however, overturned Caldwell’s decision to allow the nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund to intervene in the lawsuit on the side of four Louisiana residents who wanted Tony, now 12, sent to an accredited wildlife sanctuary.

In a related suit pending before state District Judge Janice Clark, Sandlin contends that a 1993 Iberville Parish ordinance should not be allowed to ban ownership of “wild, exotic or vicious animals for display or for exhibition.”

Sandlin, who has held a federal permit to keep tigers at the truck stop since 1988, argues a parish ordinance cannot ignore federal rules.

Tony has been at Tiger Truck Stop for more than a decade.

Sandlin also is challenging the legality of the 2006 state law that banned private ownership of large and exotic cats. The law does include a grandfather exception that allows people to keep exotic cats as pets as long as the animals were legally owned before Aug. 15, 2006, when the law went into effect.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has said previously that Tony is the last privately owned big and exotic cat in the state. Sandlin maintains the tiger is well cared for, healthy and happy.

http://theadvocate.com/home/6223028-125/states-top-court-is-next

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http://www.katc.com/news/truck-stop-mulls-supreme-court-bid-to-keep-tiger/

http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/aafc48012f174359a104a1b980cedca6/LA–Truck-Stop-Tiger/

http://www.westport-news.com/news/science/article/Truck-stop-mulls-Supreme-Court-bid-to-keep-tiger-4596440.php

http://www.ktbs.com/story/22572952/truck-stop-mulls-supreme-court-bid-to-keep-tiger

 

 

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