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Judge rules Dade City's Wild Things can no longer own tigers

Posted at 6:24 PM, Mar 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-02 18:24:45-05

A judge has ruled that Dade City's Wild Things will no longer be able own tigers.

The decision came after it was discovered the zoo intentionally moved its tigers from the premises ahead of an inspection from PETA to check on the animals' well being and treatment.

Back in August of 2017, PETA filed a civil lawsuit against Wild Things.

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19 tigers were transported out of the zoo after the USDA shut down a swimming with tigers attraction.

The judge ruled that the "shameless removal of the tigers in this action in the days immediately before a court-ordered inspection deprived PETA of crucial evidence and demonstrated a complete disregard for the rule of law."

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The court also ruled that PETA would be awarded its reasonable attorney's fees and expenses as a result of the defendants' failure to comply with previous discovery orders.