State officials must revoke his permit to keep the Bengal-Siberian mix and are prohibited from issuing a new permit, the ALDF said. Last May, the district court granted its request for a permanent injunction against Louisiana renewing Sandlin’s permit.
But in August, a state appeals court ruled Sandlin and his business must be named as defendants in the lawsuit and ordered a new trial, vacating the trial court’s earlier decision.
Tony was a few months old when, in 2000, Sandlin brought it to the truck stop west of Baton Rouge. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission annually has renewed Sandlin’s permit after the truck stop owner was grandfathered in when the state began banning private ownership of big cats in 2006.
The truck stop has posted statements on its website claiming that activists have lied about Tony’s living conditions.
— Jill Dunn
Owner-operator finalists named
Overdrive and the Truckload Carriers Association have announced 11 owner-operator finalists in the 2012 Driver of the Year competition.
The following will compete for the Owner-Operator of the Year contest: