Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary, Tyler, TX, has again been cited by the feds for the care of their animals.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture completed an inspection at the facility on August 24 and found several of the tiger’s pools were so dirty that the sides and the bottom could not be seen. The tigers had access to other water to drink but the inspector noted that allowing the tigers to access the dirty pools is “a health hazard due to the mosquito larvae, algae overgrowth and bacteria in the water.”
The inspector also found a bobcat enclosure with an excessive accumulation of feces, hair and debris. A Tiger Creek representative told the inspector that the bobcat won’t go into its shift enclosure. The representative said only two of the sanctuary employees can enter the enclosure to clean the cage and one of the employees was on vacation for the past ten days, according to the USDA inspection report.
The inspector noted that the bobcat’s enclosure was only 8 feet long by 8 feet wide which did not give the bobcat enough space to avoid contact with excreta.
“The bobcat enclosure needs to be cleaned more frequently,” the inspector said in her report.
Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary was cited with two non-critical violations for the infractions.
Also of note, the USDA restored a Tiger Creek inspection report from April that they had removed from their website in July. The report detailed the medical neglect of 11 animals that passed away at the nonprofit sanctuary without adequate and timely veterinary care. The animals that died included six tigers, three lions, a cougar and a serval.
“All 11 of the deceased animals showed clinical signs for weeks, sometimes months, without being examined by a veterinarian,” according to the USDA report.
In the newly restored USDA report from April, the information for ten of the animals that died has been removed from the report. The violations are the same, but only information on a serval, a wildcat species native to Africa, is included in the report. It is unclear why the USDA has removed the information from the report and whether it will be restored.
August 2021 Tiger Creek USDA report: