According to officials, footage from a former employee at the Black Jaguar, White Tiger Sanctuary reportedly showed malnourished tigers and lions. One lion had its tail missing.
The accusations have sparked a public outcry, with locals protesting against the sanctuary as authorities shut it down.
Mexican animal group AZCARM (Asociacion de Zoologicos, Criaderos y Acuarios de Mexico) told Reuters that over 200 animals were sheltered at the sanctuary.
A legal representative for the sanctuary told media that tough times from the pandemic made financing of the sanctuary difficult.
Mexican authorities will now undertake a complete investigation at the sanctuary and determine the health needs of the animals. New homes will reportedly be sought in zoos in the Mexican capital.
Ante la @FGRMexico denunciamos penalmente a Eduardo Mauricio Moises Serio dueño Black Jaguar-White Tiger @BJWTC por el extremo abandono y maltrato de cientos de grandes felinos, varios en peligro de extinción.— AZCARM (@azcarmx) July 4, 2022
Ofrecemos toda nuestra disposición para rescatarlos y darles un hogar. pic.twitter.com/FDRE3oF5xe
Source: Diario La Razón