Exotic Animals Should Not be Kept as Pets

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.


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Photo credit: Trine Juel

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  1. what sick person would actually put these beautiful creatures through this some sad idiot that can, well done stupid low life.

  2. Exotic creatures should never be imprisoned in captivity, and most certainly not kept by egotistical ignorant individuals. Exotic wild animals should be free living in their natural habitats.

  3. A cancer curse on these bastard poor excuses for human beings. They should be publicly hanged but the lawmakers haven’t the guts. Lock them up for life in squalid conditions, a taste of their own medicine.

  4. Of course animals should not be harrasesd, but that doesn’t mean we should take away the right for people to have exotic pets.

    • No person should have the right to keep a wild animal as a pet. Many animals live within a tribe and hunt in their natural habitat. Why should any person deny an animal this just for their own pleasure? I hope that a law is passed banning any person to keep a wild animal.

  5. Too bad the animals didn’t eat them alive. Now that would be true justice!

  6. JULIE Cleverdon says:

    Are the animals in good care now, I am a veterinarian in Foley, Al with some exotic experience and would help the animals any way I can

  7. The people imprisoning these wild gorgeous creatures are the animals and should be treated like such! I sincerely hope they pay for their crimes twice over and never be allowed to own animals again

  8. Lisa Allred Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Totally agree❗️?
    Signed & Shared

  9. Self-centered egomaniacs need wild animals to prop up their image or else they are nothing.

    These creatures belong in a reputable sanctuary!

  10. Jacen Holloway says:

    If someone kept an exotic animal as a pet, they would face the consequences of injuries or death!

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