In 1989, according to Florida sanctuary Big Cat Rescue (BCR), Sandlin raffled off an 11-month-old tiger cub who was living in a 16-by-7-foot cage. The entry form announced that the winner could do whatever he wanted with her - donate her to a zoo, sell her, keep her or give her to a friend.
Later, in 1997, Sandlin would sell a pair of cubs for $2,500 to a couple passing through on a camping trip, according to BCR. One of the cubs suffered from fluid collection in her joints, a side effect of living on concrete.
He also developed a long history of Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations, and had been cited by the USDA on numerous occasions for failure to provide shelter from inclement weather, lack of clean water, failure to provide veterinary care, mishandling of animals, failure to maintain cages, improper food storage and lack of qualified animal carers, according to both BCR and ALDF.
He also declawed at least some of the tiger cubs he kept, and one of them died following the operation, BCR said.
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