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Fulton County man fights to keep his big cats

MAYFIELD, N.Y. (AP) A state appeals court has given a Fulton County man 30 days to get rid of his cats: three tigers and two leopards.

The Gloversville Leader-Herald reports that the state Supreme Court Appellate Division on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling against Steven Salton of Mayfield. Salton claimed the town Zoning Board was incorrect in determining his animals were part of a business.

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Salton's attorney tells the newspaper that Salton will now seek a variance from the town Planning Board, which has to approve all home businesses.

Salton owns the big cats under an operation called Natasha's Helping Hand. He has an exhibitor license.

Neighbors have complained about the noise and potential danger posed by the proximity to the animals. The neighborhood is zoned residential.

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