March 23, 2009, 9:09AM
WYLIE, Texas — A Dallas-area animal rescue shelter already facing slumping donations now must accommodate two tigers and one lion that federal agents saved from starvation.
Officials of the In-Sync Exotic Wildlife Rescue and Education Center in Wylie say the big cats were in very poor health when they received them from the feds yesterday.
Vicky Keahey of the shelter says the tigers’ teeth had been ground down, and the end of the lion’s tail was raw from the cat’s worried chewing.
Keahey says the animals apparently hadn’t gotten a decent meal in weeks.
Federal officials aren’t saying where the cats came from. Keahey says the center needs tens of thousands of dollars to build cages adequate for the cats.
Learn more about big cats and Big Cat Rescue at http://bigcatrescue.org