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Big Cat Rescue Charged with 26 Counts of Violating the Animal Welfare Act
Incident Date: Monday, Aug 31, 1998
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On Sept. 10, 1998, the U.S. Department of Agriculture charged licensed animal dealers J. Don and Carole Lewis, doing business as Wild Life on Easy Street, Inc. in Tampa, Fla., with violations of the Animal Welfare Act. "The animal care program is designed to enforce minimum animal care standards under the law," said W. Ron DeHaven, acting deputy administrator for animal care with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a part of USDA's Marketing and Regulatory Programs Mission Area. Also note, after this major violation she changed the name of the company from "WILDLife on Easy Street" to "Big Cat Rescue." Inspectors with APHIS declared, "We are charging that [Big Cat Rescue] did not even meet the minimum standards" of the Act. APHIS inspectors found that the Lewises failed to:
Big Cat Rescue had multiple violations and failures in regards to:
To read the St. Petersburg Times news article covering the initial violations, click here.
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