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Feline Rescue Hit With IOSHA Fines


A Clay County animal rescue has been fined by workplace-safety regulators. 

Investigators with the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration found what they say were dangerous conditions at the ExoticFelineRescueCenter.

 The agency fined the center $69,000. 

Owner Joe Taft says that the center is compliant with federal regulations. 

Currently 220 tigers, lions, pumas, cougars and other exotic felines reside at the facility which provides shelter to the unwanted and rescued exotic felines. 

They have been in operation since 1991.

The investigation was started after Marissa Dub suffered severe head, neck and vocal cord injuries when she failed to secure a sliding cage gate and was bitten by one of the cats on June 21st

12 people are employed to take care of the animals. 

With a $700,000 annual budget, the fine could put a serious crimp in the budget. 

It costs approximately $3,000 per year to care for each cat.

The results of a federal inquiry have not yet been released.