COURT RULING: Tiger must go from Grosse Tete truck stop

Tryve Brackin

Tony the Tiger, a mainstay at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, may have to find a new home.

State wildlife and fisheries officials have given truck stop owner Michael Sandlin 30 days to remove the live tiger from his property. Sandlin reported he may file suit to block the removal of his exhibit animal.

The state officials are pointing to a 1993 Iberville Parish rule that prohibits the private ownership of animals for exhibit that was considered wild, exotic, and vicious. The ordinance keeps Sandlin from having a state permit to keep the eight and a half-year old tiger on his premises. The state indicated the tiger must be placed in an approved facility or sent out of state.

Sandlin has been cited over the years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for failing to meet standards of care for animals used in exhibition.