Charges filed in tiger attack at school

Saturday, November 16, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO -- Charges were filed against two women Friday in the case of a show-and-tell animal attack where they lost control of a 144-pound Bengal tiger at an elementary school and it grabbed a 6-year-old boy's head in its mouth, according to witnesses.

The Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office charged Anita Jackson and Melissa Lamar of the Paso Robles-based organization Zoo To You with violating the state Fish and Game code related to the public display and handling of animals in California. Jackson is Zoo To You's animal curator who was present when Lamar, Sima's handler, lost control of the animal.

"In this particular case, common sense seems to somehow to have been ignored," said Toni Allen, a Santa Cruz County assistant district attorney.

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