Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Tiger Confiscated from Home

Tiger Confiscated from Home
 
Last Edited: Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007, 7:03 PM MST
Created: Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007, 6:11 PM MST
 
By FOX 31 STAFF
 
CENTENNIAL - Wildlife agents confiscated a young, male Bengal tiger
from a home in Centennial Wednesday following an investigation that
began last month.
 
In November, DOW officers said they received photos taken on a cell
phone of a tiger being driven in a SUV through the city.
 
Several weeks later, officers received additional reports of the
tiger being seen in a backyard.
 
That led to Wednesday's raid on the home in the 6200 block of East
Mineral Place. Authorities from Arapahoe County assisted the Colorado
Division of Wildlife in confiscating the animal.
 
DOW said the tiger will be held at a licensed facility pending the
outcome of the court case against the owner, identified as Patrick
Michael.
 
Possession of Bengal tigers in Colorado requires a special license
and there are strict caging requirements for facilities that house
big cats.
 
DOW said Michael possessed no such licenses.
 
 
 
 


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Tiger mauls Assam zoo visitor to death

Tiger mauls Assam zoo visitor to death

From correspondents in Assam, India, 08:05 PM IST

A 50-year-old man was mauled to death by a Royal Bengal tiger Wednesday at a zoo in Assam while he was trying to take photographs with his mobile telephone, wildlife officials said.

A wildlife authority spokesman said a family of four, including the victim's wife and two children, were visiting the zoo in Assam's main city of Guwahati when the incident took place.

'The person crossed over a barricade and went near an iron cage to take photographs using his cell phone. There were two tigers and one of them pounced and tore apart his hand... the other tiger also attacked him,' Narayan Mahanta, the zoo warden, told IANS.

The person was shifted to hospital and was declared brought dead by doctors.

'It was an unfortunate accident and probably was a result of carelessness on the part of the man to have crossed the barricade,' the zoo official said.

In another incident, wildlife officials tranquillised a leopard in the heart of Guwahati after the cat was reported to have been roaming the streets.

'The leopard in the last few days attacked and killed several goats and chicken in the area and was creating terror in the area. We have captured the animal and now shifted it to the zoo,' a wildlife official said.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

City Liable For Mauling

City Liable For Mauling By a Pit Bull

 

By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN

Staff Reporter of the Sun

December 11, 2007

 

When a dog mauled a Bronx toddler, Makailah Barnett, in 2004, it was unclear at first which of the family's three canines — the bulldog, the pit bull, or the mutt — was the culprit.

 

A jury in the Bronx just last week fixed the blame not only on the pit bull, but also on New York City, paving the way for Makailah's family to receive millions of dollars in damages.

 

Makailah's mother, Shannon Smith, received the dog from a police officer the day before the mauling, according to the complaint filed in the suit.

 

The unusual circumstances behind Officer Sean Smith's decision to give the dog to Ms. Smith, a stranger, were enough to make the city liable for the attack, the jury decided. The day before the mauling, the pit bull was being kept at the 43rd Precinct after police found it abandoned near the station. Ms. Smith was at the precinct at the same time, waiting to file papers in an adoption proceeding. Officer Smith struck up a conversation with her about the dog and Ms. Smith ended up taking the animal home.

 

A lawyer for Ms. Smith, Thomas Minotti, said Officer Smith was looking to give the dog away and had told Ms. Smith that it would soon be put to sleep.

 

A spokeswoman for the city law department, Laura Postiglione, said Ms. Smith had "asked to take the dog home."

 

It also appears the transfer may have violated a law requiring authorities to hold found animals for five days to give owners a chance to recover their pet or livestock.

 

"The officer was supposed to take it down to animal control, but he didn't do that," a lawyer for Ms. Smith, Thomas Minotti, said. "He wasn't allowed to give the dog away."

 

The jury has not yet fixed damages, but Ms. Smith's legal complaint asks for $10 million. Makailah was nearly killed in the attack and has undergone five plastic surgeries, Mr. Minotti said.

 

http://www.nysun.com/article/67869

 

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Senate bill to end Internet Hunting

December 6, 2007

 

The Humane Society of the United States Calls on Senate to Pass

Whitehouse Bill and Prevent Pay-Per-View Slaughter

 

WASHINGTON – The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) today

welcomed the introduction of federal legislation designed to crack

down on Internet hunting. The Computer-Assisted Remote Hunting Act,

introduced by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), would prevent the

operation of web sites that allow people to shoot live animals

remotely.

 

The HSUS has advocated for state and federal legislation to combat

Internet hunting since the launch of Live-Shot.com, a web site based

in Texas that allowed users to pay a fee and shoot captive exotic

animals on a fenced game ranch – simply by clicking a button on their

keyboard or computer mouse. While 34 states have now banned the

practice, the interstate nature of the Internet calls for a federal

policy to prevent such web sites from emerging in the future.

 

"Internet hunting is an appalling form of trophy hunting, one that is

opposed by sportsmen and animal welfare advocates alike," said

Michael Markarian, HSUS executive vice president. "Traditional

hunters know there's no sport in shooting an animal remotely while

lying in bed and wearing camouflage pajamas. We urge lawmakers to

quickly pass this bill into law and stop this egregious practice

which amounts to nothing more than pay-per-view slaughter."

 

"There's no place in sportsmanship for a practice that kills with the

click of a mouse," said Sen. Whitehouse, a member of the Senate

committees on the Environment and Public Works and the

Judiciary. "I'm proud that Rhode Island is among the states that

have banned Internet hunting. It should never take place – and this

bill will ensure it never does."

 

Sen. Whitehouse's legislation is co-sponsored by Judiciary Committee

Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.). A

House version of the bill, H.R. 2711, was introduced in June by Reps.

Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and Tom Davis (R-Va.), and is co-sponsored by

some of the leading sportsmen's advocates in Congress, including

Reps. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Mike Thompson

(D-Ca.), and Don Young (R-Alaska).

 

A map of states that have banned Internet hunting is available at:

 

hsus.org/web-files/PDF/internethunting_map.pdf

 

http://www.hsus.org/press_and_publications/press_releases/new_senate_b

ill_internet_hunting_120607.html

 

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Lion's owner cited for failure to confine the animal

Lion's owner cited for failure to confine the animal

 

 

Associated Press - November 30, 2007 8:45 AM ET

 

PIKETON, Ohio (AP) - The owner of a lion that escaped from its cage and startled motorists along U.S. 23 in southern Ohio last week has been charged with failure to confine the animal.

 

Authorities say Terry Brumfield of rural Piketon faces three misdemeanor animal cruelty charges, including failure to provide his two lions with a clean, healthful environment.

 

Pike County Humane Agent John Owens says an inspection of Brumfield's property showed that the wood & wire cage where two lions were kept was caked with manure and littered with rotting animal carcasses.

 

Authorities say a 550-pound lion named Lambert managed to crawl out of the pen early last week but was returned to his cage after some motorists called 911.

 

Piketon is about 60 miles south of Columbus.

 

 

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

 

http://www.wdtn.com/Global/story.asp?S=7431368&nav=menu590_1

 

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

NV Exotic Animal Law Takes Effect In Nye County

Exotic Animal Law Takes Effect In Nye County

 

Posted: Nov 19, 2007 06:50 PM EST

 

The rules are changing for anyone who owns an exotic pet in Nye County.

 

There is now a law requiring special use permits for all exotic pets.

 

The animals must be inspected once a year, as well as the animals' homes, all animal sanctuaries and kennels.

 

The ordinance is effective today.

 

http://www.ktnv.com/global/story.asp?s=7384094

Ashville Game Farm History

Ashville Game Farm Loses Big Cat License

 

 

By JIM KINNEY, The Saratogian

 

11/20/2007 Ballston Spa, NY: The owner of a Washington County zoo whose tiger scratched a 4-year-old boy at the Saratoga County Fair in 2006 is no longer permitted to own big cats, the Saratoga County District Attorney's Office said.

 

Jeffrey Ash, owner of Ashville Game Farm, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Saratoga County Court to giving the Saratoga County Fair faked insurance documents and also to not leaving enough space between the tiger and the public at the fair.

 

As a result, Ash, 54, of Greenwich, is no longer permitted to own lions, tigers or leopards, Murphy said. He'll be in court in Ballston Spa Jan. 19 for sentencing and will then have six months to remove all eight big cats from his property. He will also serve three years of probation.

 

"I just want to make sure they are going to the right home," Ash said by phone Tuesday. "We've raised them from babies."

 

The menagerie includes two African lions, tigers, mountain lions and leopard. Ash said he'll keep the business going by displaying other exotic animals that don't pose as much of a risk, like camels.

 

District Attorney James A. Murphy III said the state Department of Conservation will also investigate Ash with an eye toward possibly banning Ash from owning and displaying bears as well.

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture regulates zoos. Ashville Game Farm has not had any enforcement action taken against it previously, said USDA spokeswoman Jessica Danielle Milteer. Inspection reports for the facility were only available through the federal Freedom of Information Law. The Saratogian has filed a FOIA request.

 

Riley Willard, now 5, was sitting on a bench at the fair in 2006 getting his picture taken with a baby kangaroo when a Bengal tiger reached through its cage and swiped at his forehead.

 

The boy needed 14 stitches.

 

Riley's family sued the fair, prompting officials there to discover that Ash provided them with a faked insurance certificate in order to bring the animals on the grounds.

 

 

Ash pleaded Tuesday to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a misdemeanor in satisfaction of that part of the case, Murphy said.

 

The Saratoga County Fair no longer accepts faxed insurance documents from vendors at the fair, General Manager Dick Rowland said Tuesday. A fax from an insurance company is OK initially, but must be backed up by a certified copy from the insurance company.

 

"What we do is we spot check," Rowland said. "We call the insurance company and make sure the coverage is in place."

 

The fair's insurance company settled with the Willard family for $32,500, according to papers on file at the Saratoga County Clerk's Office.

 

"Something can always go wrong," Rowland said, adding that the tiger wasn't a problem before the incident. "The rest of the week it lay in the cage and slept," he said.

 

"You wouldn't think situations like that would arise."

 

The fair wasn't the first time Ash had been in the news. In 2005 another tiger named Tehan escaped form the Ash's zoo on a rural road east of Schuylerville. The cat was recovered with out incident, but area schools kept children inside from recess.

 

"I can't believe he's still in business," Rowland said.

 

http://www.saratogian.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=

 

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Jeff Ash's Game Farm to Lose Big Cats

 

Greenwich wildlife zoo owner pleads guilty to charge related to 2006 tiger slashing at fair

 

By CHRISTEN GOWAN, Staff writer

First published: Wednesday, November 21, 2007

 

BALLSTON SPA -- The Ashville Game Farm is expected to lose its large exotic animals -- such as lions, tigers and leopards -- by the middle of next year and may also be banned from owning bears, according to Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy.

 

The game farm's owner, Jeffrey Ash of Greenwich, has pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from a 2006 incident in which a 4-year-old was scratched by one of his tigers. Part of the plea deal requires Ash to sell the large animals within six months of his sentencing, scheduled for January.

 

 

According to the game farm's Web site, the facility owns 14 such animals. The game farm also houses other wildlife, such as monkeys and goats.

 

In 2006, a Ballston Spa boy was scratched by Calcutta, Ash's 400-pound royal white Bengal tiger, at the Saratoga County Fair. The animal reached out of the cage and swiped the child on the forehead while he posed for a picture with a baby kangaroo. The boy sustained minor injuries.

 

Fair officials discovered Ash's insurance documents had been forged.

 

Ash, 54, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a class A misdemeanor, Murphy said. He also pleaded guilty to violating his environmental conservation permit, Murphy said. Ash is expected to get three years probation.

 

http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=640880&category=

 

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Game farm owner convicted

 

Updated: 11/20/2007 10:54 PM

By: Web Staff

 

 

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. -- The owner of the Ashville Game Farm has been convicted of charges stemming from an incident in July 2006, when a young boy was injured by a tiger.

 

Jeffrey Ash violated conditions of his permit at the farm for failing to build a sufficient barrier between the animals and the public.

 

The accident happened when a boy was getting his picture taken near the tiger cage at the Saratoga County Fair.

 

That's when a white tiger reached through the cage and scratched the boy on the forehead. He was taken to the hospital for treatment but has made a full recovery.

 

 

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Owner of game farm convicted of violations The owner of the Ashville Game Farm has been convicted of charges stemming from an incident in July 2006, when a young boy was injured by a tiger.

 

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Greenwich game farm to lose big animals

 

 

 

By CHRISTEN GOWAN, Staff writer

Last updated: 2:59 p.m., Tuesday, November 20, 2007

 

BALLSTON SPA -- The owner of the Ashville Game Farm in Greenwich has pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from a 2006 incident in which a 4-year-old was scratched by one of his tigers.

 

The owner also has been banned from owning large exotic animals like lions, tigers and leopards, meaning he is required to sell such animals within six months of sentencing.

 

Jeffrey Ash of Greenwich, 54, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a class A misdemeanor, and to an environmental conservation law violation for violating his permit to own exotic animals, according to Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy.

 

Ash was charged with the misdemeanor after Saratoga County Fair officials discovered that his insurance documents to display animals at the fair had been forged. Murphy said that Ash also didn't properly cage his animals while at the fair.

 

In 2006, the Ballston Spa boy was scratched by Calcutta, Ash's 400-pound royal white Bengal tiger. The animal reached out of the cage and swiped the kid on the forehead while he posed for a picture with a baby kangaroo. The kid sustained minor injuries.

 

Ash, who is scheduled to be sentenced in January, is expected to get three years probation.

 

http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=640668&

 

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Owner of a Tiger That Scratched a Boy Must Give it Up

 

Last Update: 11/20 6:25 pm

 

The owner of a white tiger cub that scratched and injured a boy at the Saratoga county fair last year will no longer be allow to own animals like that.

 

54-year-old Jeffrey Ash of Greenwich, owner of the Ashville game farm, has been convicted of possession of a forged instrument for giving fair officials bogus insurance information back in 2006.

 

Then 4-year-old Riley Willard needed 14 stitches after the tiger cub scratched him while the boy sat on a nearby bench.

 

Ash must remove any lions, tigers or similar animals from his zoo and will get 3 years probation as part of a guilty plea.

 

Ash will be sentenced in January

 

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Man pleads guilty in 2006 county fair tiger scratch case

 

By NICK REISMAN

reisman@poststar.com

Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 1:28 PM EST

 

A Greenwich man will lose the lions, tigers and leopards in his menagerie after a Saratoga County court ruled Monday that one of his large cats was liable in the injury of a six-year-old boy last year.

 

Jeffrey Ash, 54, pleaded guilty to several misdemeanor charges that included having improper insurance at the time of the boy’s injury and failing to keep his animals safely penned in cages.

 

The case stems from an incident in 2006 when a 6-year-old boy was injured when one of Ash’s tigers scratched his forehead while the boy posed for a picture at Ash’s booth at the Saratoga County Fair.

 

"While we cannot charge or prosecute Mr. Ash for the assault committed by the tiger, we can hold him responsible under the permitting process for his failure to make the public safe," said Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy.

 

The court ruled that Ash must turn his large cats over to a licensed third party. Ash, who owns the Ashville Game Farm, may also have to forfeit several of his bears, Murphy said. Ash will also be on probation for three years.

 

http://www.poststar.com/articles/2007/11/20/news/latest/

 

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Owner of tiger that clawed NY boy faces forgery charge

 

 

 

By CHARLES FIEGL, cfiegl@poststar.com

Sunday, January 28, 2007

 

The owner of the Ashville Game Farm was in court last week to answer a felony forgery charge in connection with providing a forged insurance certificate to the Saratoga County Fair last summer, officials said.

 

Jeffrey W. Ash operates the game farm in Greenwich and is the owner of a white Bengal tiger that clawed 4-year-old Riley Willard at the county fair in July. The Willard family, of Ballston Spa, is seeking to recover damages from Ash and the fair because of the incident.

 

After receiving a notice of claim from the family, the fair's insurance carrier reviewed a proof-of-insurance document sent to the fair by Ash, said Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III. The insurance company alleged it was fake, he said.

 

Ash, 53, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument after an investigation by the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office, Murphy said. He pleaded not guilty to the charge in Ballston Spa Village Court Monday.

 

An investigation into whether Ash provided the fair with other false information is continuing, Murphy said. The case could later go before a grand jury, he said.

 

Ash's lawyer, Kurt Mausert, said he would not comment on the alleged forged instrument.

 

Mausert said what happened last July was an unforeseen accident. Ash has experience setting up similar exhibits, Mausert said, and the attorney is unaware of any similar accidents involving Ash's animals.

 

Mausert said he has since taken a tour of Ash's game farm and noted that he takes good care of the animals.

 

"I was impressed with the cleanliness and how nice the facility was," Mausert said. "All of the animals are healthy and well cared for. He's taken extra cautionary measures to raise the height of the cages, double-layer the fences and double-lock the cage doors."

 

Accounts of the July 18 fair incident differ between the Willards and representatives for the game farm.

 

Jennifer Willard, Riley's mother, said her son was in awe of the exotic animals on display when they came across the Ashville Game Farm exhibit. Willard agreed to have her son sit on a bench and have his picture taken with a baby kangaroo. Willard sat with her son until the kangaroo was in place and the photographer was ready.

 

Calcutta, the white Bengal tiger, was in a cage behind the bench.

 

"I stood up to get out of the picture, then I glanced away for 10 seconds and the tiger's claw was in his head," Willard said.

 

Riley was pulled back toward the tiger cage, Willard said. A game farm employee needed to pull the tiger's paw from Riley's head, she said.

 

The boy suffered a gash about an inch long on his forehead that required 14 stitches, she said. A scar and bump remain on Riley's head, she added.

 

Workers for the game farm said at the time that the tiger was curious after smelling the kangaroo within its reach and tried to play with it.

 

They said the incident was not an attack and Calcutta is one of the "sweetest animals in the world."

 

The Willard's lawyer, Dan Dagostino, of Martin, Harding and Mazzotti, said the family is looking to recoup medical expenses and other damages. Doctors are still trying to determine the emotional impact this has had on the family, he said.

 

Ash and the fair are responsible for not providing a safe environment for Riley, Dagostino said.

 

Rowland disagreed.

 

"We had no control over the placement of the cage or the bench in the booth," Rowland said. "We did not create the situation or put the child in that situation. What we did was rent him the land."

 

Rowland said Ash and his animals will not be welcomed back, but the fair will still allow exotic animals to be on display.

 

Ash was charged with a misdemeanor in connection with failing to exercise due care to safeguard the public from a wild animal attack that caused bodily harm under the state agriculture and markets law in July.

 

He was then cited in August by the state Department of Environmental Conservation with several permit violations.

 

The misdemeanor charge will be part of the felony case, Murphy said.

 

In 2005, a full-grown female tiger escaped from Ash's game farm and zoo. It remained at large for more than three hours and was captured without incident.

 

http://www.poststar.com/articles/2007/01/28/news/

 

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Inside Edition Exposes Jeff Ash Auctioning Off Zoo Animals

 

 

ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 9/28/2006

 

Anyone who wants a pet these days can simply go to the local animal shelter and adopt one of the thousands of pets who are in need of a home. However, for some, exotic animals are the only way to go when it comes to pets. But do they make good pets?

 

INSIDE EDITION traveled to rural Mt. Hope, Ohio, about sixty miles south of Cleveland, for a very unusual auction. Hundreds of people from across the country crammed into a giant barn to bid on exotic animals. A curpachian monkey went for $5,000 dollars, a kangaroo for $1000 and a lemur for $1200. Also available were zebras, alligators, monkeys, camels and lions.

 

Signs posted in the barn say "Danger," suggesting the animals are not as cute and cuddly as they may seem.

 

INSIDE EDITION took hidden cameras to the auction accompanied by Tim Harrison, a police officer in another Ohio county who is also an animal expert, and is often called upon when exotic animals escape.

 

Harrison says events like these are typical of exotic animal auctions across the country, and that "Exotic animals need to be left in the wild."

 

The auction is legal in Ohio, but Harrison says some of the buyers are likely to take the animals back to states and counties where they are forbidden.

 

The animals look cute and harmless when they are purchased, but in a year or so, many will be full-grown and extremely difficult to handle, not to mention dangerous.

 

In March 2000, while visiting relatives, a boy almost got his arm ripped off by a pet tiger. In 1999 a 10-year-old was killed by a pet tiger in her father's ex-wife's backyard.

 

So where do these exotic animals come from? One man selling some animals at the Ohio auction is Jeff Ash. INSIDE EDITION was able to trace him back to a small zoo that he owns in upstate New York, loaded with exotic animals.

 

Asked if there was any danger to Mr. Ash's breeding and selling of these exotic animals, Ash's lawyer said, "There's a danger to anything. There's a danger to owning a German Shepard."

 

Ash says he never sells an exotic animal to someone who isn't qualified to handle them, but Harrison says that's hard to do when you're selling them to the highest bidder.

 

http://www.insideedition.com/ourstories/reports/story.aspx?storyid=395

 

 

 

NY game farm cited for violations

 

 

 

By CHARLES FIEGL, cfiegl@poststar.com

Thursday, September 14, 2006 6:15 AM EDT

 

GREENWICH -- A recent investigation by the state Department of Environmental Conservation found the Ashville Game Farm and Exotic Zoo had more animals than its permits allowed.

 

The Department of Environmental Conservation inspected the game farm and zoo last month after a white tiger owned by the zoo scratched a 4-year-old Milton boy at the Saratoga County Fair on July 18. The boy suffered a gash about an inch long and needed 14 stitches to close the wound.

 

The game farm's owner, Jeffrey W. Ash, of Lick Springs Road, was charged with a misdemeanor and was cited for a violation after the incident, according to the DEC.

 

The department later launched its investigation and discovered the game farm was not in compliance with some of its permits to keep animals, according to information obtained by The Post-Star through the state's Freedom of Information Law. Department officials ticketed Ash for 15 license or permit violations on Aug. 7 and 9.

 

Similar game farms exist in Washington County and have previously been cited for exotic animal permit violations. In New York, owners of large, wild mammals must obtain a license from the federal government in addition to state permits. The owner must be trained to monitor the animals or find a veterinarian for the job, and he or she must prove the animals are being kept for breeding, exhibition or research.

 

Owners must also agree to adhere to standards of the Animal Welfare Act and must allow periodic inspections of their facilities.

 

Municipalities may have their own regulations for keeping exotic animals as pets, but most rural areas do not.

 

Ash said the department's investigation and the incident at the fair are not related. He also said some of the tickets issued by the department were "bogus."

 

He said during a telephone interview that the department issued multiple tickets for one violation. According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, Ash has two dangerous wildlife licenses allowing him to possess one African lion; a dangerous wildlife license to possess four American black bears and two bobcats; and an endangered or threatened species license to have 20 American alligators, seven tigers, two cotton-top tamarin, three leopards, two lynx, three mountain lions, two ringtail lemurs, one spotted hyena and one arctic wolf. The farm has several other animals that do not require permits.

 

The game farm had a tiger, a mountain lion and a leopard that were not covered by permits or licenses, according to the DEC. Ash also obtained a "replacement tiger" without a license amendment, the department said.

 

The matters have yet to be heard in court, Ash said.

 

"I can't get into it without speaking to my lawyer," Ash said.

 

After the fair incident, Environmental Conservation Police charged Ash with failing to exercise due care in safeguarding the public from attack by a wild animal that caused bodily harm, a misdemeanor under the state agriculture and markets law, according to a police report. The charge carries a punishment of up to one year in jail and a $500 fine. Ash was also ticketed for violating a condition of a DEC permit that states he must maintain the tiger in a cage that is not in contact with humans. The violation is punishable by up to 15 days in jail and a fine of $250.

 

Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III said the misdemeanor charge is still in court.

 

On Nov. 16, a full-grown female tiger escaped from Ash's game farm and zoo. It remained at large for more than three hours before it was found about a mile away from the zoo. It was captured without incident.

 

On Dec. 12, Ash pleaded guilty in Greenwich Town Court to failing to prevent an escape, a violation, and paid a $125 fine. Ash had also been cited for failing to report the escape of an animal, but that violation was dismissed in court.

 

In 2004, a bear cub from the game farm bit a person on the face while it was being shown at the AAA office in Queensbury, according to a DEC report. No charges were reported from that incident. In 2004, a bear cub from the game farm bit a person on the face while it was being shown at the AAA office in Queensbury, according to a DEC report. No charges were reported from that incident.

 

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Little Boy Injured by Tiger Undergoes Rabies Shots

 

July 27, 2006 03:03 AM EDT

 

 

Attorneys for the 4-year-old boy injured by a tiger at the Saratoga County Fair say he must undergo rabies shots.

 

The shots began Wednesday for young Riley Willard, who received 14 stitches on his forehead after a Bengal tiger reached through the bars of its cage and swiped his forehead.

 

Even though the tiger had its rabies vaccination, attorney Daniel Dagostino says the boy will take the shots as a precaution.

 

"So the only alternative they've left Riley with is this treatment which involves five shots," says Dagostino, with Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP.

 

NEWS10 spoke with the Health Department in Schenectady County, who say the shots are probably not necessary. They say the animal would have probably been dead by now had it been infected with rabies and acting erratically.

 

As for the petting zoo owner, the New York State Department of Conservation fined Jeff Ash of the Ashville Game Farm 250 dollars.

 

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November 19, 2005 Greenwich, NY: Jeff Ash, owner of the Ashville Game Farm was cited by the DEC in 2004 after a wolf escaped from the zoo and was never found. Ash pleaded guilty to a charge that he didn't provide proper housing for the animal. After Tahan, a 300-pound golden tabby tiger, broke out of her cage the DEC issued Ash a ticket for the same violation. Tahan was sedated with a tranquilizer dart about two miles away from the game farm after she broke through the roof of her cage. PETA sent a letter to the USDA calling for the agency to investigate Ash referring to USDA reports from 2002 and 2003, in which PETA called Ash a "chronic violator of the Animal Welfare Act" because of accusations he failed to maintain clean cages, allowed water troughs to freeze over and failed to keep accurate records.

 

 

 

Breaking News: Loose tiger found, tranquilized

 

Staff Report

 

Updated: 11/17/2005 6:59:57 AM

 

GREENWICH -- A tiger that escaped from a game farm in Greenwich on Wednesday morning was found about three and a half hours later and tranquilized, authorities said.

 

The 7 year old 350- to 400-pound female tiger, named Tahan, found about a mile from the outdoor zoo, was shot twice with tranquilizer darts.

 

She was trained to do tricks, including walking on her hind legs.

 

The gold and white tabby Bengal tiger was described as being docile by its owner Jeff Ash, who operates the Ashville Game Farm & Exotic Zoo on Lick Spring Road in Greenwich. Ash, though, said the tiger had the potential to be dangerous if cornered.

 

The loose tiger prompted Argyle Central School, several miles away, to cancel outdoor recess Wednesday.

 

The tiger escaped about 10:30 a.m. from the game farm and was tranquilized just before 2 p.m.

 

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