The New York Department of Environmental Conservation finally decided to crack down on these fake sanctuaries and backyard operations because they are clearly inhumane and represent hazards to the public due to the often rickety construction and poor conditions. The International Fund for Animal Welfare footed the bill for the unannounced seizure of the exotic animals at Call of the Wild by a coalition of animal rescue groups early in the morning on May 27, in an attempt to avoid the owners from harming the animals prior to their rescue. BCR used bits of meat to lure the starving and dehydrated Kimba, Zeus, and Keisha out of their flimsy, dilapidated pens into transport cages (where more treats were waiting) and then into trucks for the long ride back to Florida - but don't worry! Each of them had someone to check on them during the journey, as BCR was especially worried about 19-year-old Kimba, who seemed listless and quiet. (You can watch the entire series documenting the challenges of the seizure from IFAW here.)
Unfortunately the damage caused by the Wisniewskis' neglect had proven too much for Sasha, who died mysteriously some time before the rescue. Kimba had to be euthanized 17 days after the rescue because her body was unable to recover from all the injuries and infections she had sustained from her prior living conditions. Sasha and Kimba paid the price of the neglect and ignorance that motivate many people to start fake backyard rescues and breeding operations like Call of the Wild -- people like the Wisniewskis endanger the lives of people and wild animals every day, by putting them together in close quarters when the animals have been starved and imprisoned in shabby, dirty cages that are too small to represent a real living space for animals used to living in freedom.