G.W. Exotic Animal Park, Once Owned by Tiger King 's Joe Exotic, Under Investigation Over Animals' Welfare
State agencies are conducting an animal welfare inspection at the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma.
The park, featured in Netflix's Tiger King documentaries, has been the subject of "numerous calls" to the Garvin County's sheriff's office, a statement from Sheriff Jim Mullett's office said Thursday.
The sheriff's office said it had asked other authorities, including the USDA, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife, to help investigate.
The ODW and USDA were in the park to investigate, the sheriff's statement said. Injured animals are currently "isolated veterinary and monitored by the USDA".
The park, previously owned by Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as "Joe Exotic", has been making headlines in the past few weeks after Jeff Lowe was instructed by a judge to transfer ownership of Carole Baskin.
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Baskin said her Big Cat Rescue Lowe would help move the animals to new homes, but declined her offer and said the animals will be housed in his new Tiger King Park, which is due to open in Thackerville, Oklahoma. in September.
Lowe was recently sued by the state of Oklahoma for taxes owed by the park.
In a statement, Lowe Maldonado-Passage blamed the debt.
"The tax issue you may have heard of is from 2016, caused by Joe Exotic when Joe was responsible for the zoo," he said. "Since he went to prison, I have fixed many of his mistakes. Although this is Joe's fault resulting from his mismanagement of the zoo, much like I care for the animals he has left, we try to deal with it My lawyer has already contacted the Oklahoma Tax Commission to find solutions to Joe's tax problem. "
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PETA published photos and a video of big cats in the G.W. Exotic zoo with flies from poor sanitation.
Brittany Peet, the PETA Foundation's deputy general counsel for captive law enforcement, criticized the USDA's "inaction" in monitoring animal welfare in the park.
"The USDA's inactivity has allowed Joe Exotic to abuse and neglect animals for years, and so far it has not been able to help the big cats that Jeff Lowe is holding," Peet said in a statement. "According to Tiger King, the public is pointing at the USDA to do its job and immediately shut down Lowe and his despicable roadside zoo."
The USDA did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. The Lowe, Maldonado-Passage and Baskin representatives did not immediately respond to the PEOPLE's request for comment.
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