While the breeder can keep some details closely guarded, USDA reports are still a matter of public record - and they hint at a dismal life for the big cats. Stump Hill has been cited on numerous occasions for welfare violations, most recently on Dec. 5, when a routine inspection uncovered an unreported tiger cub who had been seriously injured after getting stuck in an enclosure fence.
According to local news site Indeonline.com, the inspector believes that the cub had chewed off part of her paw in an attempt to free herself.
Stump Hill and Massillon Washington High School's football boosters club have been the targets of several petitions, but none have been able to end the use of living mascots. In fact, when Ohio updated its laws regulating exotic animals in 2010, the new legislation was written in a way that allowed the school's use of tigers to continue.
Animal welfare supporters are still fighting. Petitions launched on both Care2.com and Change.org have gathered thousands of signatures calling for the USDA to take stronger action.