Wild cats okay; humans maybe not


KSTP reports that The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minn. is under investigation by the Minnesota attorney general. The shelter, which is not open to the public, cares for more than 100 lions, tigers and other large cats. That care is not being questioned.

It's the executive director's use of funds that is being scrutinized.

A whistleblower said last spring that Tammy Theis was using the sanctuary's bank account as her own. She was subsequently demoted from executive director to development director, but resumed the leadership post Monday, according to the The Wildcat Sanctuary blog. The whistleblower says the misuse of funds became especially troubling after a fundraising campaign to protect the animals from spring flooding.

Half the board resigned over the summer, according to the Associated Press.

The current board president, Gail Plewacki, said an independent audit showed no theft from the nonprofit, which relies solely on private donations.

In today's blog post , executive director Tammy Theis writes TWS is one of the biggest accredited sanctuaries in the world, and continues to have the full support of the American Sanctuary Association and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

 MPRNews produced a profile of the sanctuary three years ago.

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