Court documents tie Wildlife in Need to Netflix ‘Tiger King’ star

The Indiana Attorney General field an emergency restraining order, asking the court to ban Tim Stark from moving animals from Jeff Lowe’s Oklahoma farm to Indiana.

CHARLESTOWN, Ind. — New court records tie Wildlife in Need owner Tim Stark to Jeff Lowe, an exotic animal owner featured in the Netflix documentary ‘Tiger King’. The Indiana attorney general is now demanding the court stop Tim Stark from bringing more animals to his property, claiming the animals will be subject to lack of proper care and potentially death.

According to the paperwork, Stark is planning to move animals from an Oklahoma farm to his Indiana property in the coming days.

Court documents out of Oklahoma detail a legal fight between Lowe and Stark, who was keeping animals at Lowe’s property.

So, why does the state of Indiana care?

Attorneys argue without a USDA exhibitor’s license, which Stark lost this week, he won’t be able to raise money to care for the animals on his property. The paperwork goes on to describe the animals as “at risk of death due to lack of care.”

As part of the evidence tied to the motion, the state also released the 40-page inspection report from March. The inspection was completed by a team of animal experts, investigators and attorneys. 

The lengthy report details unsanitary conditions, rotten food, pests, injured animals, and an overall lack of care on the property. 

Another big bomb coming out of new court documents- the state intends to file a motion to have the animals removed from Wildlife in Need in the “near future.”

During a one on one interview with Tim Stark earlier this year, we asked him about his threat to kill his animals if anyone tried to take them.

Shay McAlister: “You said you would shoot the animals in the head before you would let anyone take the animals. Is that true?”
Tim Stark: “Nobody’s gonna take my animals. It’s not going to be my animals that pay the price. I’m not going to let anybody take my animals.”

Right now, the state is working on securing funding, transport and placement for the animals to get them off of the wildlife in need property.

►Contact reporter Shay McAlister at smcalister@whas11.com. Follow her on Twitter (@WHAS11Shay) and Facebook.

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