Ashland: Rescued tigers are losing their home

Ashland: Rescued tigers are losing their home

Posted By: Posted By: Michael O’Mara
August 15, 2009

ASHLAND — The clock is ticking for five extraordinary animals. Taz, Ticha, Katie, Delilah, and Sammie have been raised from cubs by Denise and Jose Flores near Ashland.

Jose lost his job at Ridgid Tools last fall and the family fell behind on their mortgage. The bank and mortgage company have offered no help to the couple. The sheriff’s auction is just ten days away.

Unless something dramatic happens, Denise and Jose will have no choice but to shut down their tiger sanctuar, Tiger Paw Exotic Rescue Center, and look for a new home for themselves and their animals.

Wiping tears from his eyes, Jose said, “We have sacrificed everything we have to give our animals a good home. Now all of our hard work may be tossed out the door.”

Denise looked at her cats and said, “We have tried everything and no one will listen or help us.”

“Where are we supposed to go? Who will take us in with all our animals? This is breaking our hearts.”

Added Jose, “We have been working non-stop for 3 years. My wife has 2 jobs and I’m trying to get re-hired after my layoff. But now all that hard work may be for nothing. We are broke and we need help.”

The Midland Mortgage Company and MidFirst Bank in Oklahoma City had no comment about the eviction notice. The sheriff’s auction is scheduled for August 24.


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