- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

MAYFIELD, N.Y. (AP) - A Fulton County man has agreed to get rid of his three tigers and two leopards as part of a plea deal prior to a trial for operating an illegal business exhibiting the large cats at his home.

Steve Salton agreed to the deal Wednesday in town court in Mayfield, about 38 miles northwest of Albany. Under the plea, if Salton fails to remove the exotic cats from his home on Route 30 within one year, he’ll spend six months in jail.

The case began in 2011 with a complaint from neighbors who said the animals were a safety hazard and hurt property values.

Salton has state and federal permits for the animals.

Salton’s attorney, James Doyle, said he believes Salton has a place for the cats in Montgomery County.

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