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Black Pine opens new habitats for Ohio tigers

ALBION, Ind. – Two tigers are in permanent habitats at a northeastern Indiana animal sanctuary where they were moved last year after their owner couldn’t meet Ohio’s new stricter law on keeping exotic animals.

The Black Pine Animal Sanctuary near Albion built the new enclosure with about $55,000 donations and many volunteer hours. WANE-TV reports ( the two tigers were moved into the enclosure on Sunday after two other tigers that belonged to Denise Flores were previously placed in other habitats at the sanctuary.

Flores owned the Tiger Paw rescue center outside Ashland, Ohio. She says the tigers are doing well in their new home.

Tougher exotic animal laws were enacted in Ohio last year after a suicidal Zanesville man in 2011 released dozens of animals, including black bears, lions and Bengal tigers.