Dwight Turner, 50, has undergone two surgeries since being attacked by the animal on August 31, his wife Natushka Turner said in an affidavit before the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Florida (FWC).
Dwight Turner and the leopard’s owner, Michael Poggi, 54, arranged for him to “play with it, rub its stomach and take pictures” in Poggi’s property in Davie, the FWC said in a fire report. captive forest.
After Poggi unlocked the leopard’s cage, Dwight Turner stepped in and sat on a bench inside when the leopard “growled and attacked Mr. Turner biting his head and ears,” the FWC report said.
“Mr. Turner was injured on the right side of his head and right ear. Mrs. Turner said that she had to put part of Mr. Turner̵7;s scalp back in place because it hung on his head and his right ear was torn in half.” FWC said.
According to the FWC, Poggi was fined two misdemeanors for permitting complete contact with an extremely dangerous animal and for maintaining wildlife in captivity in unsafe conditions that caused extensive damage.
CNN made several attempts to reach Poggi but with no success. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.
According to Broward District court documents, Zoom’s hearing is scheduled for December 2.
Poggi admitted to FWC investigators that he knew what he did was illegal and had responded to the questions, but would not provide a written statement, the FWC report said.
On his personal Facebook page, Poggi said he is “A breeder of exotic animals of rare or endangered species and has rescued thousands of exotic animals over the past 35 years”.
A Facebook page called “Poggi’s Animal House”, claiming to be an animal sanctuary, has been shut down.