Big Cat Sanctuary in Tennessee Sues Neighbors Over Harassment

KINGSTON, Tenn.-- A big cat sanctuary in Roane County, Tenn., is accusing neighbors of a campaign of harassment meant to drive the enterprise out of business.

The claims are part of a $2 million countersuit filed this week by Tiger Haven Inc. after neighbors in June filed a $10 million suit against the sanctuary.

Neighbors allege the sanctuary has destroyed the quiet enjoyment of their properties and that waste runoff from the more-than 250 lions, tigers and other big cats there has contaminated adjoining land.

The complaint seeks to shut down the 50-acre sanctuary or at least prevent operators from acquiring any more neglected, abandoned or abused cats.

Dandridge attorney Doug Drinnon represents Tiger Haven. He told the Knoxville News Sentinel the sanctuary operates legally