Doc Antle and his daughters face charges of animal cruelty and violating the Endangered Species Act.
Wild animal trainer Bhagavan "Doc" Antle, who was featured in the Netflix's docuseries Tiger King, has been indicted in Virginia on charges of animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking charges.
On Friday, Attorney General Mark Herring said that an investigation concluded that Antle had trafficked cubs from Virginia to South Carolina.
Antle was indicted Thursday, October 9, by a Frederick County grand jury on felony counts of wildlife trafficking and conspiracy. Additionally, he was indicted on multiple misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act. Two of his daughters have also been indicted on charges of animal cruelty and violating the Endangered Species Act.
"I have spent my entire professional life promoting the welfare and conservation of big cats and other species. I have deep regard and feelings for the animals in my care and would never hurt or abuse them in any way," Antle told CNN. "I look forward to being able to answer these charges and to be able to clear my good name."
The investigation also charged Keith Wilson the owner of Wilson's Wild Animal Park in Winchester, Virginia. Wilson was indicted by the same grand jury on charges of wildlife trafficking, conspiracy, animal cruelty, and violating the Endangered Species Act.
In August 2019, 119 animals were seized from Wilson's roadside zoo after a judge found that the animals were treated cruelly, neglected, or deprived of proper animal care. The animals seized included lions, tigers, bears, camels, goats, and water buffalo.
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