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Albion Black Pine Animal Sanctuary cares for tiger previously owned by cast member in Netflix show ‘Tiger King’

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NOBLE COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - An Albion animal sanctuary is taking care of a tiger that was previously owned by a cast member in the popular Netflix show 'Tiger King.'

Several families are staying inside after Governor Holcomb announced a stay at home order across Indiana.

If you have Netflix or even if you don't, you probably know about the popular show called 'Tiger King.'

A man named Dennis Hill briefly appeared within the show.

Hill owned several tigers and was featured in other films including 'The Tiger Next Door.'

One of Hill's tigers is now being cared for at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. The facility is located at 1426 W 300 N, Albion, IN 46701.

Workers at the sanctuary said Black Pine does not buy, trade, sell or breed animals. They said the sanctuary takes animals who have been mistreated and cares for them for the rest of their lives.

"It just means that much more to me," said Kimberly Roos, Lead Keeper. "To come out and work with them every single day. Knowing we are making their lives a million times better."

Roos said most of the animals within the facility are born in captivity and are unable to survive in the wild on their own. She said the sanctuary has more than 90 different types of animals.

Roos said the sanctuary used to own three tigers that were previously owned by Dennis Hill. She said two of the tigers died several years ago, and they only have one tiger left. Hill said the remaining tiger is named Luna.

Another worker named Jordan Hartleroad said Hill used to breed tigers in order to create white tigers.

Hartleroad said she appreciates people are watching Tiger King, however, she hopes the film can educate the public about how several animals are being mistreated.

"Animals are dying every single day," said Hartleroad. "Cubs are being euthanized after they are no longer being used for profit."

However, there's another concern. Because of Governor Holcomb's order for non-essential businesses to close, the non-profit sanctuary is no longer open to the public. Workers said the temporary closure limits their funds and limits the amount of food they can purchase to feed the animals.

"We're storing as much meat as we can because we just don't know when or if it's going to run out," Roos said.

If you'd like to learn more about Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, please click here.

Workers at Black Pine said they welcome donations (food for animals or monetary). For a list of items the facility is in-need of, please click here.

Louie Tran

Louie Tran is the weekend anchor for Fort Wayne’s NBC at 6 and 11pm and a weekday general assignment reporter. To share story ideas, please email him at ltran@wpta21.com.

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