Escaped Calif. tiger’s second owner sentenced to home detention

The Associated Press
Article Launched: 05/15/2007 09:59:22 AM PDT

LOS ANGELES – An owner of a Siberian tiger that was shot and killed as it roamed the hills near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library two years ago was ordered to spend four months in home detention.

Roena “Emma” Hedengran, 54, had pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor count of failing to maintain records of exotic felines. She owned the tiger with her husband Gert “Abby” Hedengran, 58.

Along with home detention, Roena Hedengran was placed on three years probation and fined $900, U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Thom Mrozek said Monday.

Her husband had pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, making false statements and failing to maintain proper records. He was sentenced last week to eight months home detention, fined $900 and placed on three years probation.

The couple now lives in Parumph, Nev.

In 2005, they moved with about 22 exotic cats from a licensed facility in Riverside County to an unlicensed facility in the Moorpark area of Ventura County.

They lost their U.S. Department of Agriculture exhibitor license because they failed to notify the department of the move within 10 days.

One of their three tigers escaped, and it was eventually found in a residential area where it was shot to death. The Hedengrans had earlier denied they were the owners of “Tuffy” the tiger.

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