A white tiger and cougar have a new home in Minnesota Wednesday after their owner was concerned she could lose her animals with the passage of a new exotic animal bill in Ohio.
Tasha, a cougar, escaped from a garage in Knox County in 2010. Nikita, a white tiger, is from northern Ohio, 10TV’s Kurt Ludlow reported.
The animals’ owner said that she did not think she would be able to keep them if the state passed the proposed exotic animal law.
Tammy Thies, Director of the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minn., said that the owner did her research.
“She researched a lot of facilities that were not open to the public,” Thies said.
Thies said that she supports Ohio’s proposed exotic animal bill.
“I hope that the Zanesville tragedy did not have to happen in vain – that this is a wake up point for America that we do need stronger regulations,” Thies said.
Thies said that she was happy her sanctuary could be a last resort.
“These animals will never know freedom,” Thies said. “They have to live their lives behind bars, so don’t they at least deserve dignity?”
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