Captive Siberian lynx is at center of Md. controversy

Ron Matz
Reporting
Mar 5, 2007 5:54 pm US/Eastern

(WJZ) BALTIMORE CO., Md. A Siberian lynx named Puddy who lives on a farm in Baltimore County is at the center of controversy once again.

Ron Matz reports the latest chapter in the story was written in court Monday.

Puddy is a 29-pound Siberian lynx who’s future is in doubt.

Owner Dan Vitilio and about 40 friends and neighbors came to Baltimore County Circuit Court Monday for a hearing to save Puddy.

Puddy lives with more than 200 other animals and birds at Vitilio’s Eagle’s Nest Ranch in Kingsville. But the Baltimore County Health Department says Puddy is dangerous.

“It’s a public safety concern,” said an official.

But many of Vitilio’s friends who came to support him disagree.

“I’ve been around Puddy since he was a kitten…he just wants to play.”

The judge in the case will decide Puddy’s fate within 30 days.

Vitilio has spent $26,000 increasing security. He says Eagle’s Nest is now a federally licensed zoo, and he’s obtained about 200 signatures on a petition to support his cause.

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