Chester County will consider banning "dangerous animals"

CHESTER — A Rock Hill woman’s pursuit of a tiger sanctuary in Chester County has prompted a County Council discussion about banning dangerous animals.

County Councilman Alex Oliphant said today that he requested the matter be placed on the agenda for Monday night’s council meeting because of residents’ opposition to Lea Jaunakais’ proposed “Tiger World.”

Jaunakais has said “Tiger World” would be an exotic wildlife facility that offered shelter to big cats while at the same time serving as a research site and an entertainment park where families and other groups could take guided tours.

Many neighbors are opposed to the project and have expressed concerns about the animals escaping.

“They’re the catalyst for this,” he said. “I’m just one guy bringing it up for public discussion.”

Oliphant said any proposed ordinance would not affect those residents who legally own such animals in Chester County now.

The council would have to determine what kinds of animals would be impacted by a ban, but Oliphant believes that category would include lions and tigers.

Oliphant said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if a first reading for an ordinance happened Monday.

If he agrees with the language of an ordinance, Oliphant said he would “more than likely be in favor of it.”

Jaunakais declined to comment.

For more, see Friday's Herald.