Ind. animal refuge owner challenges IOSHA findings

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) The owner of a western Indiana animal refuge fined $69,000 by the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration for safety violations discovered after a tiger mauled a woman at the center says he is contesting some of the agency's findings.

Exotic Feline Rescue Center owner Joe Taft tells The Herald-Times it would costs millions of dollars to replace the fences or make them higher as IOSHA officials want. He says he has received increased donations, but not enough to pay for the required changes.

In June a worker suffered was injured at the animal refuge near Center Point about 60 miles southwest of Indianapolis when she failed to secure a sliding cage gate.

Taft says he plans to meet again with IOSHA officials to try to reach an agreement.

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