Published On: Fri, Aug 16th, 2019

Heavyweight Champion Tyrone Spong Charged for Housing Cougar

Back in January, Parkland residents were spooked by the sight of a “Florida panther” freely roaming the neighborhood.

The panther was later discovered to be a cougar. It was roaming driveways and jumping over backyard fences when it was later subdued by Wildlife officers.

An ongoing investigation began to figure out how the cougar got there and who was responsible. According to Sun Sentinel the person responsible was Tyrone Spong, World Boxing Organization Latino Heavyweight Champion.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission states that Spong housed a dangerous class 1 cougar in his Parkland home and allowed it to escape, thus resulting in public safety concerns.

Spong received 20 misdemeanor charges of the following; holding a wild animal without a permit, giving it the ability to escape, keeping the animal in a confined cage, failing to provide the animal with any form of entertainment and several other charges.

Each of these charges comes with a maximum penalty of a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

The cougar was underweight at the time of capture but is currently making a full recovery.

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