Cat Sanctuary Agrees to Improve Business Practices

Updated: 04/22/2014 4:52 PM
Created: 04/22/2014 3:04 PM
By: Leslie Dyste

Changes will be made to the troubled Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone.

KSTP has reported about the investigation into allegations of misuse of funds at the Sanctuary.

An agreement was reached Tuesday between the Minnesota Attorney General and the Wildcat Sanctuary Board of Directors.

The new requirements include hiring a third person to monitor the organization's financial decisions. The board must also comply with a comprehensive review of past spending and repay money for personal items.

Last fall, KSTP spoke with a former employee of the Sanctuary who said she feared tens of thousands of donated dollars were misused. You can watch that report here.

The sanctuary about 90 miles northeast of Minneapolis cares for more than 100 lions, tigers and other big cats.
In a statement, sanctuary executive director Tammy Thies says donors have stayed with the organization "even as we have stumbled and made mistakes."

Learn more about the investigation here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: KSTP file

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