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Associated Press, Published November 05 2013

Minnesota AG looking into wildcat sanctuary complaints

SANDSTONE, Minn. — The Minnesota attorney general's office is looking into complaints about The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone.

KSTP-TV reports there have been questions raised about how the nonprofit spends donations. The sanctuary about one and a half hours north of the Twin Cities cares for more than 100 lions, tigers and other big cats.

Half of the sanctuary's board resigned last summer after receiving a report from a Minneapolis law firm hired to investigate complaints. The report accused founder Tammy Thies of embezzlement and fraud. Thies declined to comment to the television station.

Board president Gail Plewacki says a separate audit recently determined there has been no theft from the organization.

The attorney general's office says it's looking into the complaints but declined to say whether a full investigation was underway.