1. Mary Mahi Mahi
    May 6, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

    I agree 100% after I saw the pathetic conditions Vernon Yates in Suffer (Sulphur) Springs in the city of Tampa had Florida panthers in tiny cages in a residential neighborhood. Appalling to say the least! Once the neighbors complained he quickly dropped out of sight now he still has cats in inhumane conditions keeping them in tiny cages in Seminole, FL. Animal cruelty charges should be filed he's definitely NOT an animal lover he loves the donations. Like this article said NO one can even visit the big cats UNLESS he gets a hefty payment to see a few in tiny cages at his house not a shelter or sanctuary. This is NOT the place to keep caged lions & FL panthers. The neighbors in Tampa filed charges the lions & FL panthers would roar at all times of the day destroying their peace. These neighbors should call their city officials then lodge the same complaint. Why destroy your peace of mind knowing these big cats are being abused next door in the backyard?

    • Carole Baskin
      May 6, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

      They had the same business name (Wildlife Rescue) and the same morals, but Vernon Yates has always been in Pinellas County. It was Bert Whal who lived in Tampa and ended up being shut down. I've seen both places and they look about the same. Sad.

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