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Dominoes keep falling for 'Tiger King' characters

Doc Antle indicted, Tim Stark arrested
Tiger cubs provided by "Doc" Antle for use in photo shoots
Posted at 4:57 PM, Oct 09, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The dominoes keep falling for people who gained notoriety on the Netflix documentary series "Tiger King."

A man who might have been tapped to provide tigers for a new Las Vegas attraction is in trouble with the law.

Big cat owner Jeff Lowe booted from Tiger King park

"Arguably, he has excellent breeding lines of tigers and whether you think tigers should be bred in captivity or not, he still treats his animals first class."

That's how Magician Jay Owenhouse described Bhagavan "Doc" Antle to 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears in July after admitting he procured tigers from Antle.

Owenhouse had just won approval from the county commission to stage a magic show using tigers in a tent on the strip.

This week, Antle was indicted in Virginia on animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking charges.

Two of Antle's daughters have also been indicted on charges of animal cruelty and violating the Endangered Species Act.

Owenhouse and his tiger tent show on the strip remain on hold.

PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet, who also appeared in "Tiger King" said, "The dominoes are falling one by one—nearly every animal abuser featured in Tiger King is now in custody, out of business, or facing administrative or criminal charges. After years of working to stop 'Doc' Antle's cruel tiger-petting sessions and chimpanzee video stunts, PETA is eager to see him face the courtroom—and the consequences."

Animals confiscated from 'Tiger King's' Jeff Lowe

And there’s more... "Tiger King" character Tim Stark, owner of Wildlife in Need in Indiana, had his USDA license revoked, his facility closed by the Indiana attorney general, and he was arrested this week in New York while allegedly trying to evade authorities.

Stark has claimed he rescues and rehabilitates wildlife before returning animals to their native habitats.

But the Indiana Attorney General said in reality, Stark has purchased animals and subjected them to a life of suffering, neglect and abuse.

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