Target: Angela Bello, District Attorney of Nye County
Goal: Seek the harshest possible penalty for couple who allegedly held multiple exotic animals captive in deplorable conditions.
Dozens of exotic animals were reportedly found locked inside bedrooms in a home where the conditions were described by authorities as “unacceptable.” The animals seized from the property included eight Canadian Siberian Lynx Hybrid cats, two African lionesses, an African lion, Bengal tiger, black panther, Cervel Caracal Hybrid cat, and a fennec fox, which is a violation of Nevada Administrative Code. Animal control and wildlife officers say the animals had urinated and defecated on the carpet and walls. The high levels of waste created horrific air quality, according to officers.
The suspects, Jackie Freeman and Abby Hedengren, were charged with animal cruelty. The Department of Wildlife is currently investigating the permit and requirements for each species to confirm whether or not it was legal for the suspects to possess them. However, even if they had a permit, it seems they didn’t bother caring for the animals, only collecting them for personal enjoyment. Demand that these careless people be given a harsh penalty and a permanent ban from owning animals in the future.
Dear Ms. Bello,
Dozens of exotic animals, some illegal, were locked inside bedrooms with horrific living conditions. This appears to be a growing issue as there was a separate case just recently where a woman was accused of keeping exotic tigers without a permit.
Exotic animals don’t deserve to be confined to people’s homes. We’re calling on you to stand up for them by making sure that the people responsible for this cruelty receive a harsh penalty and a permanent ban from owning animals.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Trine Juel