Battle over 'Tony the Tiger' heads to Louisiana Supreme Court

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | 7/17/2013

An attorney for the owner of Tony the Tiger has filed a writ with the Louisiana Supreme Court, asking the court to allow Tony’s owner to keep the Bengal-Siberian tiger. Tony has lived at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, LA, all of his life.

In April, the First Circuit Court of Appeal in Louisiana ruled that Sandlin’s permit to keep Tony was invalid because the truck stop, not Michael Sandlin, is Tony’s owner. “Neither Sandlin nor his designees lived on the premises of Tiger Truck Stop, where Tony was kept.”

According to court documents, the First Circuit Court affirmed a trial court’s decision enjoining the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in Louisiana from issuing a new permit to Sandlin and/or Tiger Truck Stop.

Sandlin has been fighting legal battles for several years to keep Tony, who has lived for 12 years at the Tiger Truck Stop.

Animal rights groups want Tony moved to a big cat sanctuary.

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