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Animal cruelty probed at Pahrump home with exotic cats

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Deputies, animal control and Nevada wildlife officers seized a number of exotic animals from a home on Nov. 16, 2016. (Source: Nye Co. Sheriff's Office) Deputies, animal control and Nevada wildlife officers seized a number of exotic animals from a home on Nov. 16, 2016. (Source: Nye Co. Sheriff's Office)
PAHRUMP, NV (FOX5) -

It is officially a busy month for law enforcement in Pahrump when it comes to exotic animals.

Authorities on Wednesday seized several different lions, tigers, exotic cats and an illegal species of fox from a home that was found in unacceptable living conditions, according to the Nye County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies, animal control and Nevada Division of Wildlife officers responded to a home on Black Rock Street after law enforcement received several reports of improper care of exotic animals.

Deputies found animals locked in bedrooms with urine and feces on walls and carpet. The sheriff's office said the felines being kept in those rooms were of the Canadian Siberian lynx hybrid, which is a species that does not require permitting in the county. 

In addition, a Fennec fox was also found at the home. The sheriff's office said possession of the species is a violation of the state's administrative code.

In all, the following animals were seized from the home:

  • 2 African lionesses;
  • An African lion;
  • A Bengal tiger;
  • 8 Canadian Siberian lynx hybrid cats;
  • A black panther;
  • A Fennec fox;
  • And, a cervel caracal hybrid cat.

The sheriff's office noted the home holds a special conditions animal permit. The caretakers of the animals, who were identified as Jacki Freeman and Abby Hedengren, are currently in litigation with each other, deputies said.

Freeman was cited for misdemeanor animal cruelty due to the fact she was currently in custody of the animals, deputies said.

Deputies expected to cite Hedengren as well. Neither person was arrested.

Earlier this week, the sheriff's office disclosed information on a separate exotic animal case involving three tigers. A woman is accused of keeping the animals without permit.

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