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Exotic Animal Owner Tim Stark Arrested

A mugshot of Tim Stark.

Tim Stark's mugshot. (Courtesy of the Washington County (New York) Sheriff's Department)

Exotic animal owner Tim Stark was arrested by authorities in Washington County, New York Thursday, nearly 800 miles from his home in Southern Indiana.

Stark is the owner of Wildlife In Need, a non-profit organization based out of Charlestown, Indiana that housed hundreds of zoo animals including tigers and lions.

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“This is just the beginning of a process that we hope will lead to Stark being held accountable for his wrongdoings,” Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said in a press release. “We look forward to Stark’s extradition to Indiana so that he may have his day in court.”

A warrant for Stark's arrest was issued Sept. 16 after a court ruled against him for allegedly removing and concealing animals from authorities.

READ MORE: Warrant Issued For Arrest Of Wildlife In Need Owner Tim Stark

About 160 animals were removed from the Wildlife In Need property over the course of six days in September.

On Sept. 28, Stark was charged in Clark County with felony intimidation and misdemeanor battery. Those charges originated from a March incident involving an Indiana deputy attorney general who was inspecting the Wildlife In Need property. 

Hill said Wildlife In Need has purchased animals for several years and subjected them to a life of suffering.

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