WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Steve Sipek left the Palm Beach County Jail Monday in tears, at the time not knowing his animals had been taken away from him.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office served a warrant Monday morning to remove two tigers and a black leopard housed on Sipek's property because his USDA permit to keep the three large cats was revoked, according to Officer Jorge Pino, an FWC spokesman.
Sipek claims he's being singled out by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, arguing no matter what he tries to do to comply with the rules, he gets in trouble.
Sipek says he's re-applied for his license from the US Department of Agriculture. and FWC, but the guidelines conflict with each other.
"This has been going on for a year, it never came. Even though I paid my insurance, my dues, so I don't break the law... what happens now? It's like I'm a criminal," says Sipek.
He defended himself saying he's never broken the law, although this is his third arrest involving his animals.
Sipek says he'll fight to get his animals back.
"They're not going to get away with this. I have one animal who needs medication, who is going to take care of her now?" says Sipek.