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Tony the Tiger stays put at Louisiana truck stop

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published:   |   Updated: June 20, 2014 at 06:30 PM

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana’s governor has signed a law that the owners of a truck stop where Tony the Tiger lives think is grrrrrrr-eat!

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signature grants an exception to Louisiana law that lets the tiger stay in his quarters at a Grosse Tete (TATE) truck stop.

The bill becomes Act 697.

The truck stop is the site where clerk Fawn Domingue recognized sex offender Steven Myers and teenager Ashley Lyon when they came into the store, leading to Myers’ arrest and Lyon’s recovery.

Animal rights groups had pressured the governor to veto it, saying the environment was not good for Tony. Truck stop owner Michael Sandlin asked Jindal to keep the tiger in the only home he’s ever known.

The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Rick Ward III, a Republican from Maringouin, applauded the governor’s decision Friday.

Sandlin told Nola.com/The Times-Picayune that he was relieved the threat of Tony being taken away is gone.

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