Spain: Jailed man’s "pet" tiger sent to sanctuary
Juan Antonio Roca tiger Melody released from her cage
Tue, 13 Feb 2007, 08:36
The two year old tiger called Melody, owned by José Antonio Roca (the man in prison on remand and said to be at the centre of the Malaya corruption case in Marbella), which has, like her owner been kept behind bars since his arrest, has been moved to the Noah’s Ark animal recuperation centre in Alicante.
The Málaga Animal Protection Society had said that the tiger was in danger of becoming schizophrenic if left where she was.
The animal, which came originally from a circus, had been kept in a cage the size of two rooms of a house.
The Junta de Andalucía said they were trying to find a zoo for Melody, but as she has her claws cut, she would not be able to defend herself in a group.
In Alicante she is now sharing space with two males, Charly and Cuqui, who also have their claws cut.
The owner of Noah’s Ark said that should Roca be released from prison, he will be able to have Melody back