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USDA suspends license for Great Cat show

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has suspended the license of Jamie Palazzo, who owns Great Cat Adventures. The show was at the Georgia National Fair in Perry in 2009 and features lions, tigers, leopards and cougars. It also allows the public to take photographs with the cats for a fee.

According to the report filed Jan. 5, Palazzo had numerous violations, including faulty record-keeping, which resulted in cats older than 12 weeks old being too close to the public without a barrier, failing to handle a tiger safely “in a manner that did not cause behavioral stress, physical harm or unnecessary discomfort.”

None of the violations reported were at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry.

Michele Treptow, director of communications at the fairgrounds, said “we had no complaints from the public.”She said the show isn’t contracted for this year’s fair, as the fair changes its acts each year.

Palazzo’s license will be suspended for three years, according to the report.

Great Cat Adventures was located near the South Gate at the fairgrounds during last year’s fair.