Man takes tiger into suburban bar, now facing charges

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A suburban man walks into a bar with a tiger – no it’s not a joke – and now faces charges that could land him in jail

57-year-old John Basile took a young Siberian tiger for a stroll through downtown Lockport and then stopped in a bar.

Basile has a license to own and exhibit wild animals at his Big Run Wolf Ranch outside Lockport, but taking him out in public is breaking the law.

Basile is scheduled to appear in will county court March 28th on charges of reckless conduct and keeping a dangerous animal.


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