By 2003, Tony was living with three other tigers at the truck stop. But as the string of welfare violations continued to grow, the USDA cracked down.
They confiscated the three other tigers but left Tony behind - and he's been at the truck stop ever since.
Fortunately the breeding and AWA violations have died down in the years since the USDA confiscations, though Sandlin has been cited for failing to maintain and clean the cages, according to BCR.
But animal lovers are still concerned about the effect that living in a truck stop has on the 15-year-old tiger, and their years-long fight to relocate Tony to an appropriate habitat has been met with unsavory tactics by Sandlin.
According to Dillard, Sandlin's captive tiger program has been illegal from the beginning. A local ordinance prohibited keeping wild animals for pets or display, but he said Sandlin ignored it and proceeded to grow his collection.