PARKLAND, Florida – It’s like a scene out of the blockbuster movie The Hangover. World Boxing Organization Latino Heavyweight Champion Tyrone Spong is being charged with offenses including keeping the animal without a permit after allowing his pet cougar to escape. Each of the charges carries a maximum penalty of a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.
Parkland residents spotted what they believed was an endangered Florida panther in January. Responding wildlife officers subdued it with a tranquilizer.
Boxer Tyrone Spong is charged after his pet cougar escaped out into the streets of Parkland, Florida.https://t.co/4JM9Cpa4Xl— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) August 16, 2019
Spong is a Dutch professional fighter living in Florida who holds the WBO Latino Heavyweight Title, along with several other boxing and kickboxing championships. He’s also a mixed martial artist.
When wildlife officers captured the dangerous, endangered, cougar it was underweight. Since then it’s made a full recovery and is being held at a licensed facility.
By Marc Charles for Money Talk Radio