Oklahoma Exotic Animal Park Under Investigation For Abuse, Neglect
WYNNEWOOD, Okla. - The GW Exotic Park in Wynnewood is under investigation by the United States Department of Agriculture for possible abuse and neglect. The owner however, says the feds will remove his big cats, monkeys and birds, over his dead body.
To prove misconduct the humane society went undercover. They captured video of a tiger snarling at a young boy. Other images show Joe Schreibvogel, the park's owner hitting a cub then saying, "If he don't want to walk, smack him in the a** and make him walk."
The owner calls the 54 acres in Wynnewood a refuge for some 800 exotic animals. The director of the United States Humane Society said someone is bound to get hurt.
"Any person with any whit of common sense knows that large predatory animals are going to lash out at people. Joe Schreibvogel has a history, well known before any HSUS investigator walked into that facility, of allowing private citizens, patrons, tourists to interact with his animals," said Wayne Pacelle.
Pacelle calls the exotic park a ticking time bomb, saying if it remains open and unregulated someone will undoubtedly be severely injured or killed. Oddly enough Schreibvogel agrees.
"It is a ticking time bomb if someone thinks they're going to walk in here and take my animals away. It's going to be a small Waco. I have poured my entire life into what I do, to care for animals. Nobody is going to walk in here and freely shut me down and take my rights away from me as long as I am not breaking the law," Schreibvogel said.
Schreibvogel also breeds tiger cubs and cross breeds exotics cats, such and lions and tigers or "ligers" and charges zoos up to $5,000 for the cubs. He is currently under investigation by the USDA for the death of 23 baby tiger cubs in 2009 and 2010.