‘Joe Exotic’ Files For Bankruptcy Protection After Court Ruling

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“There are 2 news pieces in this post! Now, just about everybody knows Mr. Michael Sandlin, who owns & displays Tony ‘The truck stop tiger in Louisianan  Animal advocates, the ALDF & Mr Sandlin have been at the centre of a costly court case concerning Tony. Advocates say a truck stop is not a good place for a tiger to live, which I agree with! I have posted several videos of Tony, taken by my good friend Mary! But what does this have to do with Joe Exotic; who has just filed bankruptcy??

Well, Sandlin is a good friend of Joe Schreibvogel & last year, Sandlin was quoted as saying “if he was forced to move ‘Tony the truck stop tiger’ he would send him to G.W Exotics ( now called G.W. Zoo ) So I was wondering, if it actually came down to Mr Sandlin having to move Tony the tiger, would he still go to Joe Exotics?? I don’t know what the legal stance would be, moving yet another tiger into a zoo, with a lawsuit hanging over their head? G.W. Exotics were even asking for donations, to build Tony a suitable enclosure!! 

Just six weeks after a federal judge ordered him to pay a Florida animal sanctuary nearly $1 million to settle a lawsuit, a Wynnewood man who goes by the name Joe Exotic has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection.

Joe Schreibvogel, who also goes by the names Aarron Alex and Cody Ryan, lists debts totaling $1.2 million, most of which are traceable to the judgment handed down in February by a judge in Florida.

Schreibvogel, who operated what is now the G.W. Zoo in Wynnewood from the late 1990s until February, in court records lists assets of $127,739. Roughly half of that total is in the form of vehicles used to run the animal park.

Schreibvogel lists 43 tigers and five black bears as personal property. Records show the carnivores are worth an “unknown” sum of money.

Schreibvogel also owes more than $30,000 to attorneys who worked on the trademark infringement case, records show.

An affidavit signed by Schreibvogel and filed in federal court states he “became unemployed on Feb. 26, 2013, and I am not receiving any monthly income.”

During a recent interview with The Oklahoman, Schreibvogel said he would file for bankruptcy protection because he didn’t have the roughly $1 million the judge in Florida ordered him to pay the owners of Big Cat Rescue.

Schreibvogel and Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin have been publicly feuding for years over their philosophical differences on the exotic pet trade.

The suit involved Schreibvogel’s use of logos and images that were similar to those created and owned by the Florida animal park.

In the suit, attorneys for Big Cat Rescue alleged Schreibvogel and his associates launched a “counter-campaign of disinformation, misinformation and disparagement” aimed at damaging the credibility of the Florida organization.

The sanctuary’s lawyers claimed Schreibvogel used a logo and other artistic elements “confusingly similar” to materials trademarked by Big Cat Rescue.

Schreibvogel admits he did model a logo for Big Cat Rescue Entertainment — one of the many businesses he’s formed over the years — after the Florida sanctuary’s design, but said he didn’t realize it was wrong to do so.

“We thought we were in the clear,” he said. “We thought they only owned ‘Big Cat Rescue’ with a cat jumping over it.”

Schreibvogel, known for performing magic shows and bringing tiger cubs to shopping malls for paid photographs with the public, said a new company is running the G.W. Zoo. He said he will continue to house his animals at the facility, just off Interstate 35 in Wynnewood.

“They’re my animals … I’m still licensed to exhibit,” he said. “By law, I do not have to be a (business) to exhibit.”

Latest update:-http://newsok.com/article/3779178

WYNNEWOOD, Okla., April 3 (UPI) — An Oklahoma man who goes by the name “Joe Schreibvogel or Joe Exotic” filed for bankruptcy after being ordered to pay nearly $1 million to settle a trademark infringement lawsuit.

Joe Schreibvogel also known as Joe Exotic of Wynnewood said he has debts amounting to $1.2 million, most of which are attributable to a judgment filed against him in February by a federal judge in Florida, The (Oklahoma City) Oklahoman reported Wednesday.

He also owes in excess of $30,000 in attorney’s fees for the trademark case.

From the late 1990s until February, Schreibvogel operated what is now the G.W. Zoo in WynnewoodThe Oklahoman reported. He listed assets valued at vehicles and other assets of $127,739, plus 43 tigers and five black bears as personal property, which are worth an “unknown” amount, the newspaper said.

The trademark infringement case stems for a feud between Schreibvogel and Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin in Florida. The case involved Schreibvogel’s use of images and logos similar to those designed and owned by Big Cat Rescue.

Schreibvogel said he modeled a logo for one of his businesses, Big Cat Rescue Entertainment, after the Florida business’ logo, but said he didn’t realize he did not have the right to do so.

News Linkhttp://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/04/03/Trademark-infringement-case-bankrupts-man/UPI-16251365025565/#ixzz2PS9WFnTi

Tony the Tiger Contracted to Move to G.W. Exotic Animal Park:-http://world.einnews.com/247pr/250750

Just a reminder to continue to share Tony’s change.org petition which is nearing 25,000:-http://www.change.org/petitions/ldwf-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary

Ohio removes pit bulls from ‘vicious’ dogs list

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 Pit bulls will no longer be labeled as “vicious” dogs under a new Ohio law.

The measure that took effect Tuesday changes current law that defines a vicious dog as one that has seriously hurt or killed a person, killed another dog or is among those commonly known as pit bulls. The new measure removes the reference to pit bulls from the definition and requires evidence to prove pit bulls are actually vicious.

Ohio state law labeled specific breeds, such as pit bulls, as ‘vicious.’ Now the law defines a dangerous dog based on behavior not breed.

Ohio has been the only state to classify a dog as “vicious” by breed and appearance, according toNewsnet5.com in Ohio.

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Supporters of the law claim it will improve the ability of dog wardens and police to protect the public from all dangerous dogs, regardless of their breed.

While the state labeling of dangerous dogs by breed has been lifted, some Ohio communities continue to have bans on pit bull ownership.

Gov. John Kasich signed the state measure in February.

Some dog wardens opposed it because of frequent pit bull attacks. Others have said pit bulls are not inherently vicious.

The measure takes effect less than a week after a 3-day-old baby was killed in northwest Ohio by what a dog warden described as a pit bull mix.

It also comes two days after a 49-year-old woman was attacked by a pack of stray dogs at her trailer park near Georgetown in north Mobile County, Alabama.

Mobile County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Joe Mahoney tells the Press-Register  the unidentified woman was taken to a local hospital for facial and body lacerations.

The Sunday morning attack involved a pack of five dogs that had occasionally been fed by other residents of the trailer park, according to Mahoney. He said trailer park residents told deputies the dogs appeared to be docile in the past.

Mobile County Animal Control officers took the dogs and they are in the county animal shelter, Mahoney said. He described them as mixed-breed pit bull and chow dogs

News Link:-http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2012/0522/Ohio-removes-pit-bulls-from-vicious-dogs-list

Woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty, animals up for adoption

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An Aiken woman arrested in February when local law enforcement officers seized 30 cats and dogs from her George Street home has pleaded guilty to four counts of animal cruelty.

Katrina Gorman, 40, of Aiken, was arrested on Feb. 21 after Aiken Public Safety officers received a complaint about the residence.

The Aiken SPCA is doing its best to get good homes for all the animals that can be adopted. Submitted photo.

Officers said there was a strong odor emitting from the home when the 20 dogs and 10 cats were seized and taken to the Aiken SPCA.

The animals were medically evaluated and those that were healthy were signed over to the City of Aiken, which turned them over to the Aiken SPCA, said Gary Willoughby, president and CEO of the Aiken SPCA.

Most of the animals were in good health, Willoughby said at the time of the arrest.

He said the Aiken SPCA is doing its best to get good homes for all the animals that can be adopted.

Gorman was fined $107 on each of the four counts.

The Aiken SPCA is located at 401 Wire Road and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 648-6863.

Karen Daily, a graduate of USC, has been the crime reporter at the Aiken Standard for seven years. She has reported here since 2001.

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Man jailed for six months over pony deaths

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A man who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty over the deaths of 25 ponies has been jailed for at least six months.

Shane Jason Dean, 39, of Pottsville in northern NSW, was sentenced in Glen Innes Local Court today after admitting in February to 25 acts of aggravated cruelty on an animal.

Police alleged the 25 dead ponies were discovered near Glen Innes last December, after having been transported in a truck with inadequate ventilation.

Officers found the remains of several horses in a parking bay near the town.

They then followed tracks to a nearby cliff and located the bodies of more ponies, of various colours and ages, in the early stages of decomposition.

Police alleged the ponies had been loaded onto a removalist truck without proper ventilation in the Kingstown district, west of Armidale, bound for the NSW north coast.

Magistrate Mark Richardson sentenced Dean to two years imprisonment with a non-parole period of six months.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/man-jailed-for-six-months-over-pony-deaths-20120410-1wm7s.html#ixzz1rgT5gRXP

Animal cruelty charges brought

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A Vallecito couple faces animal cruelty charges after 15 malnourished horses were seized from their horse rescue ranch in February.

Paul and Kimberly Paulden, of the 4500 block of Red Hill Road, were booked March 29 on felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty charges. Calaveras County Superior Court officials said the Pauldens’ court date has not yet been entered into the computer system.

Sgt. Laurie Murray, director of Animal Services, said that in addition to the 15 ill horses, she found the remains of two dead horses on the ranch.

A colt seized from the Pauldens in February is being nursed back to health at ReHorse Rescue in Jamestown.

“I couldn’t state as to why those horses died other than what the suspect told me happened,” Murray said. “They’d been dead for a little while.”

Murray said the horses that survived were underweight, and were treated for lice, rain rot and worms.

Initially, three horses were sent to Angels Camp Veterinary Hospital, while seven others were taken to a private Angels Camp ranch or to ReHorse Rescue in Jamestown.

Raquelle Van Vleck, director of ReHorse Rescue, said all the horses in her care are doing much better.

“They are all picking up weight. We’ve de-wormed everybody,” Van Vleck said. “We’ve been treating the mare that was in the worst shape for rain rot (a condition that causes the horse’s fur to slough off). She lost quite a bit of her coat.”

The Pauldens have maintained their innocence, and say that the horses were malnourished when they received them. Christina Martinez, a personal friend of the Pauldens, defended the couple in a letter, stating the Pauldens took in horses no one else wanted.

“It’s not easy taking in animals that have had years of neglect and abuse,” Martinez wrote. “The Pauldens love animals and would not intentionally harm any one of them.”

If convicted, the Pauldens could face a maximum of three years in prison; however, Murray said a prison sentence is unlikely.

The February incident was not the first time Animal Services was called to the Pauldens’ ranch. Last September, a person complained about the condition of 20 horses, and Murray said the Pauldens voluntarily surrendered 10 horses to Horse Plus Human Society, a rescue group in Oroville.

Margo Anthony, a Murphys resident who reported the horses’ condition in February, said Horse Plus was shocked at how emaciated the horses were last fall.

“Sadly, two of the horses died shortly after arriving at the veterinarian from starvation and dehydration,” Anthony wrote.

Murray said the Pauldens cooperated with Animal Services last September; improving the conditions and care of the remaining horses. However, Murray said Animal Services received a call in February stating that herd numbers increased, prompting a second investigation.

“We hadn’t been there for a month and a half to two months when we got a phone call reporting abuse,” Murray said. “We checked it out, found that was the case and did what we had to do.”

Press Release: Increasing, the Illegal Wildlife Trade in Bird Markets in Java and Bali Islands

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(03/14/2012) The illegal wildlife trade occurring in a number of bird (animal/pet) markets in Java and Bali Islands has been likely to increase since early 2012. ProFauna Indonesia’s survey conducted in eight bird markets in the islands between January and February 2012 shows an increase in the number and species of animals being traded. In January 2012, there were more than 41 protected animals sold in the markets While in February, the figure increased to 62 individuals. Likewise, the species also increases. There were 12 species in January 2012 and increased to 15 species in February 2012. 

The eight bird markets surveyed by ProFauna Indonesia included: Splendid market in Malang City; Bratang, Kupang and Turi markets in Surabaya City; Pramuka, Jatinegara, and Barito markets in Jakarta City; andSatria market in Denpasar City. The survey records that the market selling protected animals the most arePramuka and Jatinegara markets in Jakarta and Satria market in Denpasar.

In February 2012, ProFauna team recorded that there were 62 protected animals that are traded in the markets consisting of 15 species: Javan langur (Trachypithecus auratus), slow loris (Nycticebus sp), the White-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), the black-winged starling (Sturnus melanopterus), the flame-fronted barbet (Megalaima armilaris), the spotted kestrel (Falco moluccensis), Bali starling (Leucopsar rothschildi), the black eagle (Ictinaetus malayensis), the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), the banded pitta (guajana Pitta), and the otter civet (Cynogale bennetti).

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