Monday, November 01, 2004


if you wish me to use my magic power to send you home again you must do something for me first

do you ever get pissed off at the noise coming from your neighbour's house? do you ever feel like "going right over there and giving him what for" about it? think again...

great stories from the press: #3

New York City man who kept tiger, alligator in apartment sentenced to five months in jail

NEW YORK - A man who pleaded guilty to keeping an alligator and a tiger in his apartment while children lived there was sentenced Thursday to five months in jail.

Antoine Yates, who pleaded guilty in July to reckless endangerment, told the judge he never intended to put anyone at risk and that the children were never in danger.

The 400 pound tiger, Ming, is being kept at Noah's Lost Ark animal sanctuary in Berlin, Ohio. The alligator is at another animal sanctuary in Indiana.

Judge Budd Goodman said he was disturbed by a presentencing report that described Yates, 36, as delusional about having a special gift for handling animals.

Goodman also sentenced Yates to five years probation and told him to get a job and not to keep wild animals.

Prosecutor Jeremy Saland said witnesses' reports and documents indicated Yates also may have kept a leopard and a panther in his home.

"There were even reports of a bear," the prosecutor said. "There's a whole slew of animals, a lineup you would expect to find on the Discovery Channel."

Saland has said that at various times eight children lived in Yates' Harlem apartment with him and his 69-year-old mother between April 2002 and January 2003 while animals were there. Some of the children were relatives and some were foster children.

Saland said it was a miracle none of the children was harmed.

Yates' lawyer, Raymond Colon, said his client committed no crime and objected to Saland's listing of animals Yates reportedly kept.

Yates was arrested in October 2003 in Philadelphia, where he went for treatment of a deep bite on his right leg, inflicted by the tiger.

Copyright 2004 Associated Press.

here's a photo of some lions:

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