SINCLAIRVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – YouTube video from February 2007 of JNK Call of the Wild Sanctuary in Sinclairville shows someone there giving a tour of the animals and their homes. Seven years later, New York State Police and the Department of Environmental Conservation carried out a search warrant to seize 19 exotic animals from the sanctuary.
“It’s a pretty sad situation. The owners definitely have cared about these animals, but they have lost the ability to continue caring for the animals,” said Kelly Donithan with the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
Captain Frank Lauricella with the DEC says they mainly rescued tigers along with three lions, two bears, and two wolves. All are being sent to other sanctuaries in the country. “They can be kept in better condition. There are places that will allow them to thrive better than here,” said Lauricella.
Officials say most of the animals are pretty thin. According to JNK’s website it had been in business for nearly 20 years, but more recently Lauricella says they were keeping the animals illegally. “The owners of the property are saddened at the loss of the animals, but they don’t have permits to possess them so basically they knew this was coming.”
Officials say the owners were stripped of their permits for the animals and were operating without a license. The animals are being sent to Nevada, Colorado, and Florida.
A YouTube video from 2007 shows animals at the sanctuary: