Tiger King's Doc Antle charged with animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking

Doc Antle from 'Tiger King' is in serious legal trouble

Doc Antle Of 'Tiger King' Indicted On Animal Cruelty, Wildlife Trafficking Charges

Two of Antle's daughters have also been charged with misdemeanours.

Antle is alleged to have helped traffic lion cubs from between the state of Virgina and his safari park in Myrtle Beach, Florida.

Antle, the owner of "Myrtle Beach Safari" in SC, has been charged with one felony count of wildlife trafficking, one felony count of conspiracy to traffic wildlife, four misdemeanour counts of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act, and nine misdemeanour counts of animal cruelty.

Attorney General Mark Herring said Friday that a months-long investigation found that Bhagavan "Doc" Antle and the owner of a roadside zoo in Virginia trafficked lion cubs between Virginia and SC.

"I categorically deny any act or conduct that could ever be considered as 'animal cruelty, '" Antle said.

Antle and his SC zoo, Myrtle Beach Safari, starred in the hit Netflix documentary series alongside Baskin and her rival Joe Exotic, who is serving a 22-year prison sentence for a rental murder against Baskin. Joe Exotic is now serving 22 years in federal prison for a murder-for-hire plot against Carole Baskin, who herself has faced repeated questions over the disappeareance of her second husband, Don Lewis.

Antle has been a vocal opponent to the documentary since its release. Joe Exotic, the Tiger King who is otherwise known as Joseph Maldonado-Passage, called Antle his mentor in the Netflix show. On the show, Antle likened his safari to "Shangri-la", where "everything is neutral and happy and going well".

Moreover, on charges of conspiracy, wildlife trafficking, animal cruelty and violating the Endangered Species Act, the owner of Wilson's Wild Animal Park in Winchester, Virginia, Keith Wilson, was also indicted by the same grand jury.

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In August 2019, 119 animals - including lions, tigers, bears, camels, goats, and water buffalo - were seized from Wilson's roadside zoo after a judge found that Wilson "cruelly treated, neglected, or deprived" the animals of adequate care.

Antle was charged with two felony counts as well as 13 misdemeanors, according to the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia. Animal control agencies and animal rescue organizations are now caring for the menagerie. The number listed is disconnected and its website now redirects to what seems to be an Indonesian gambling site.

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