LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed multiple criminal counts against a Studio City man for alleged illegal possession and mistreatment of a baby tiger cub at his home. The animal was identified after appearing on social media posts and a YouTube video with vlogger Logan Paul.
"Tigers and other exotic animals are not pets," said Feuer. "Keeping these potentially dangerous animals in a residential setting poses a serious safety risk for residents and animals alike. My office will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to ensure these treasured creatures are safe and those who illegally keep them are held accountable."
"California has some of the strongest restricted species laws in the country. They’re designed to protect exotic animals from neglect and improper care and serve to protect the public from these animals, many of which can be dangerous," said David Bess, Deputy Director and Chief of the Law Enforcement Division of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW). "Our Wildlife Trafficking Team, working with the City Attorney’s office, are sending a message that exotic species like tigers don’t belong as pets in people’s homes."
Nicholas Perkins, 32, was charged with four criminal counts including two counts of illegal possession of a tiger; mistreatment of a tiger, and possession of anabolic steroids. If convicted, Perkins could face up to two years and six months in jail and $4,000 in fines.
Arraignment is scheduled for December 10, 2018 in Department 47 of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
In October 2017, Wildlife Trafficking Wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife received an anonymous tip from someone who observed pictures of a model posing with a tiger cub on Instagram. Investigators with DFW were able to identify the defendant and the cub through references in the post. During the investigation, the defendant and the animal’s location were also verified by DFW wardens after appearing on a video of YouTuber Logan Paul.
A search warrant to seize the cub was executed on the defendant’s home on November 9, 2017 and the animal was taken into custody. During the search, there was extensive evidence of the animal’s poor living conditions and the presence of anabolic steroids. The defendant was allegedly feeding the tiger cub kitten milk replacement formula with a baby bottle.
The tiger cub was placed in a large cat rescue and sanctuary facility in north Los Angeles County and has made a full recovery.
Deputy City Attorney Nick Karno of Feuer’s Environmental Justice Unit is prosecuting the case.