"Doc" Antle from Tiger King indicted on animal cruelty charges

The hits keep on coming for "Tiger King" and the ethically dubious characters in Joe Exotic's orbit.

Bhagavan "Doc" Antle, featured in the Netflix sensation "Tiger King", has been indicted on animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking charges, Attorney General Mark Herring announced. He is facing a total of 15 charges, both felony, and misdemeanor.

The Myrtle Beach Safari park has not made any official statement on the charges.

Antle's daughters were also charged alongside him.

In addition, 2 of Antle's daughters, Tawny Antle and Tilakam Watterson, were charged with misdemeanors for animal cruelty and violating the Endangered Species Act.

It is illegal to sell lions, which are protected species under the Endangered Species Act, across state lines.

Attorney General Mark Herring said Friday that a months-long investigation found that Bhagavan "Doc" Antle and the owner of a roadside zoo in Virginia trafficked lion cubs between Virginia and SC. This investigation included the execution of a search warrant at Antle's South Carolina property in December 2019 by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Agency.

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The charges are the result of a months-long investigation into the pair, and it is alleged, amongst other things, that they trafficked lion cubs between Virginia and SC.

Wilson has also been accused of conspiracy to commit felony wildlife trafficking, felony wildlife trafficking, and 17 misdemeanor counts. The Animal Law Unit seized custody of over 100 animals from the "roadside zoo" park in August 2019, with a judge ruling that Wilson had "cruelly treated, neglected, or deprived the animal [s] of adequate care". Wilson and Dall'Acqua face trial next year for those charges.

And there's more. "Tiger King" character Tim Stark, owner of Wildlife in Need in IN, had his USDA license revoked, his facility closed by the in attorney general, and he was arrested this week in NY while allegedly trying to evade authorities.

His role in the series was overshadowed by the botched murder-for-hire plot Joe Exotic, previous owner of The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, launched against big cat advocate, Carole Baskin.

Animal rights groups were pleased with Antle's indictment on Friday.

"The dominoes are falling one by one - almost every animal abuser featured in "Tiger King" is now in custody, out of business or facing administrative or criminal charges", said PETA Foundation lawyer Brittany Peet, who appeared in the Netflix series, in a statement to The Times.

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