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Two Men Sentenced to Year in Prison in Theft of White Tiger Cubs

December 21, 1985

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ A wildlife refuge owner and a veterinarian each were sentenced to a year in prison for the theft of five white tiger cubs from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Dr. Daniel Laughlin of Riverside, Ill., was convicted of theft and unlawful interstate transportation of the cubs, which were taken during the circus’s 1984 visit to Portland, Ore.

Raymond Long of Long’s Exotic Feline Survival Center in Springfield was convicted of receiving and harboring the cubs illegally, as well as being an accessory to unlawful transportation.

Both men have been ordered to make restitution for the two cubs that died and to serve, in addition to their prison terms, six months in a halfway house.

U.S. Judge Frank Polozola set restitution at $55,000 per cub, but ordered an autopsy to see if one would have died anyway, said U.S. Attorney Ian Hipwell.