An Oklahoma judge has pronounced Monday in favor of Baskin Big Cat Rescue Corporation in the case brought against the Greater Wynnewood Development Group, LLC (GWDC). The latter was once owned by Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage.
The order gives Baskin control of about 16 acres of land in Garvin County, Oklahoma, home to a zoological park with a number of big cats.
GWDC must “leave the Zoo Land premises within 120 days of serving this Order … The holiday of the premises also requires the removal of all zoo animals from the Zoo Land,” said the court.
The ruling also awarded Baskin several cabins and vehicles, according to court documents.
Baskin, who owns an animal sanctuary in Florida, has been a vocal critic of the Maldonado-Passage animal park for years, a feud that escalated into a judicial battle
Court documents say he attempted to pay $ 3,000 to an assassin to kill Baskin and also that he shot and killed five tigers, sold small lemurs and fake documents to say they had been donated.
A lawyer Jeff Lowe, the current owner of Exotic park, told CNN that the judgment issued today was not unexpected.
“We anticipated that Carol Baskin would get the title in the former park that once belonged to Joe Exotic, and we have not challenged his attempts to do so,” said Mosley on Monday. “All of Jeff’s focus is on the opening of the new King Tiger Park in Thackerville (Oklahoma), which should be open in the next 120 days.”
CNN Baskin contacted for comment on the ruling, but has not been answered yet.