"Tiger Pete" files complaint for $13 million

Posted: Oct 9, 2008 06:46 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 9, 2008 06:46 PM EDT
 
By Michelle Costa
 
There are updates in the fight for the man known as Tiger Pete who’s trying to open a Siberian tiger preserve.
 
Peter Renzo filed a filed a complaint against the Department of Agriculture in Blackfoot. They’re suing for about $13 million.
 
This money is for damages that Peter Renzo and the S.A.B.R.E Foundation incurred as a result of the decision that they had to spay and neuter the tigers and the refusal to issue a propagation permit.
 
Renzo’s attorney, Nick Nielson, said the $13 million is based on calculations as to what he could have done had he been able to come to Idaho.
 
These damages are based on amounts he could have earned by showing the tigers and the revenue that was generated, as well as sponsors that he lost because he couldn’t come into Idaho.
 
“We have yet to serve the state of Idaho with the complaint. Once they are served with the complaint, they have 20 days to respond to it,” said Nick Nielson, Peter Renzo’s Attorney.
They plan to serve them by the end of the month.
 
The state of Idaho has to go back and set new criteria for bringing tigers to our area. They’re still waiting until January or February when new rules will be set before Tiger Pete can bring his tigers in.
 
The whole process could take a year to two years before a resolution is reached.
 
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