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Wildcat Sanctuary under investigation

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Nov 5, 2013 at 6:27 am

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

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.

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