"Tiger Lady" Loses Four Year Struggle to Keep Cats
After four years of legal battles, New Jersey's "Tiger Lady" has lost her ownership rights to the twenty-four Bengal tigers she has been keeping.
The state has been attempting to remove the big cats from Joan Byron-Marasek's custody since 1999, when the police shot a roaming tiger alleged to belong to her. It has since been decided by authorities that her facilities are sub-standard, and that she has failed to obtain the proper permits in due time.
The court ruled that the state holds jurisdiction over the animals, which will be moved to a tiger sanctuary in Texas this summer.