NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court says it won't hear a truck stop owner's appeal of a ruling that he cannot get a state license to keep a tiger there.

Animal Legal Defense Fund attorney Matthew Liebman says a move is probably in the future for Tony, the 12-year-old Bengal-Siberian tiger mix.

Tony is the latest in a series of tigers that Michael Sandlin has kept at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, in Iberville Parish near Baton Rouge

Liebman says he learned Monday that the high court refused on Friday to hear Sandlin's appeal.

He says Sandlin could go to the U.S. Supreme Court. But Liebman says there are not any federal issues at stake so the high court would probably say no.

Comment from Sandlin's attorney was not immediately available.


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