On Thursday, authorities arrived at a Pahrump, Nevada home and found several exotic animals living in horrible conditions. According to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office, authorities seized a Bengal tiger, African lion, panther, fox, two lionesses and nine hybrid cats.
News Ktnv reports that the home located on Black Rock Street has a special conditions animal permit which includes a license to possess special conditions animals, however several of the cats were discovered locked in bedrooms and had been urinating and defecating on the walls and carpet. The home was deemed unsuitable and the air quality substandard. Jacki Freeman and Abby Hedengran, owners of the animals, are each facing misdemeanor animal cruelty charges. The women are currently suing each other.
In addition, officials also found a Fennec fox, a violation of Nevada Administrative Code. The Nevada Department of Wildlife Officers are involved in the investigation and will handle the appropriate placement for the fox. The permit to handle the exotic animals is now under investigation.
Just a week ago, Nye County Sheriff’s Office seized three seven-month-old tiger cubs. Neighbors witnessed a teenage girl feeding the cubs raw meat in the backyard of a home. Authorities stated they were born in captivity, but will not be able to be released back into the wild. They have since been relocated to Rexano, Responsible Exotic Ownership for care.
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