Driver cited after truck full of tigers ends up stranded in Frankfort

Published: Apr. 11, 2017 at 2:28 PM EDT
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Police in Frankfort took an unusual call on Tuesday morning. They responded to Century Plaza around 11:00 a.m. for a report of a broken down truck that was hauling tigers.

The driver of the truck says it broke down because of a flat tire. The driver stayed at the nearby Days Inn for the night. The tigers remained inside the truck.

The Frankfort Street Department came out to Century Plaza on Tuesday and provided water to the 12 tigers in the truck.

The truck and tigers are registered to the Hawthorn Corporation based in Sarasota, Florida. The company was contracted by the circus to transport the big cats to Chicago. The driver was on his way to Chicago after a circus performance in Anderson, South Carolina when they broke down in Kentucky.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife cited the driver for not having a permit to bring the tigers through the state. Kentucky State Police also cited the driver for a motor carrier tax.