The Associated Press
Article Launched: 04/18/2008 09:31:56 AM PDT
LOS ANGELES?Five Circus Vazquez tigers have been evicted by Los Angeles animal welfare officials because the big-cats earlier attacked and killed another tiger in their small cage.
The city Department of Animal Services pulled the Circus Vazquez conditional use permit Thursday and ordered removal of the tigers.
Department general manager Ed Boks says the tigers killed one of their own in Huntington Park on March 31 and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited Circus Vazquez for having too many tigers in close proximity to each other.
Los Angeles officials went to the San Fernando Valley where the circus was performing across from the Panorama City Mall and the tigers were close together in the same cage. Boks says it was believed to be a public danger.
Last week, the city ordered a Circus Vazquez elephant keeper to leave town with his three elephants for having recently violated federal animal welfare laws.
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