Zoning change forces Brevard County animal sanctuary to relocate

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. —

The owners of a Brevard County animal reserve are working to move the sanctuary to Osceola County, but they may not have the money to do so.

The Central Florida Animal Reserve houses 45 big cats, and it’s going to cost the owners around $1 million  to move the animals.

Most of the cats were from Florida Fish and Wildlife, and were rescued after being captured or smuggled into the United States.

A zoning change won’t allow the animals to stay where they are now because it’s too close to homes.

The reserve was granted a year extension to give the owners time to move, but they’ve only raised $200,000 to relocate.