Man mutilated by black leopard after paying for “full contact experience” – National


A Florida man who paid $ 150 to get close to a black leopard is now suing the sanctuary that did, after the animal mutilated him instead of submitting for photos and belly rubs.The attack occurred at a backyard animal sanctuary in Davie, Fla. On Aug.31, according to a report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

Dwight Turner, 50, paid $ 150 for a “full contact experience” with the black leopard and expected to “play with it, rub his stomach and take pictures,” reports local station WPLG.

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Turner entered the backyard compound and the leopard growled at him and then attacked, according to the FWC report obtained by WPLG.

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“The owner of the facility brought the victim to the leopard cage,” victim’s lawyer Steve Lander said. “About three seconds after entering the cage, the leopard attacked, heading towards the jugular and took his head in his mouth.

The animal tore off part of the victim’s scalp and tore his ear in half, officials said. Turner says he spent a week in the hospital and had to undergo several surgeries to recover from the injuries sustained in the attack.

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Turner alleges that the entire visit was illegal and therefore any security waiver he might have signed is not valid. He announced his intention to sue the operator of the sanctuary on Thursday over allegations that the operator allowed his insurance to expire.

The occupant of the property, Michael Poggi, describes himself on Facebook as an “exotic animal breeder” who owns a “private animal sanctuary” for rare, exotic and endangered animals.

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Poggi’s Animal House website lists a black leopard named Dasha as the “resident carnivore.”

Michael Poggi, owner of Poggi's Animal House in Davie, Florida, is pictured with a black leopard at his zoo in Davie, Florida.

Michael Poggi, owner of Poggi’s Animal House in Davie, Florida, is pictured with a black leopard at his zoo in Davie, Florida.

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Poggi has previously been accused of allowing full contact with an extremely dangerous animal, wildlife officials told WPLG. He has also been cited for keeping wildlife captive in a dangerous state.

“Sir. Poggi allowed the victim to access the inside of the leopard’s cage for a full contact experience which led to the leopard attacking the victim, causing significant damage to the head and right ear, ”he said. writes an FWC officer in a court summons.

The quote adds that full contact with a black leopard is a violation of Florida law.

Officials say Poggi was allowed to have the leopard but not to offer full contact experiences.

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Poggi’s Animal House Facebook page was offline on Friday morning. However, videos posted to Poggi’s YouTube page show a wide variety of animals on his property, including iguanas, zebras and big cats. Several of his more recent videos advertise marmosets for sale.

Poggi can be seen showing off a caged black leopard in 2012, in a video he called a “pilot” for his “reality show.”

He describes a black leopard in the video as a female six to eight months old. It is not known how many he had in the zoo at the time.

Big cat experiments gained attention this year after the release of King tiger, Netflix’s documentary series about eccentric cat breeder Joe Exotic.

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Poggi did not respond to requests for comment from WPLG and WSVN.

He is due to attend a hearing on December 2.

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