COLLINS, Miss. (AP) - The owners of the Collins Zoo have asked a judge to return 11 animals seized for relocation on state wildlife officers in January.
The owners, Gus and Betty White, are asking the Covington County Circuit Court to review a justice court order that led to the January 25th seizure of tigers, wolf hybrids, leopards, cougars and a Rhesus macaque by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
The Whites' attorney, A. Regnal Blackledge, tells the Hattiesburg American (http://hatne.ws/yL3iOj) that the state violated a regulation that calls for a "reasonable period of time" to correct deficiencies in facilities housing what are legally defined as "inherently dangerous animals" following an initial inspection.
MDWFP spokesman Jim Walker says the agency obtained a legal court order.
Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com
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