News & Record (Greensboro, NC)
February 22, 1996, Thursday
MAULING PROMPTS RALEIGH TO BAN LARGE PET ANIMALS
The mauling of a Cary boy by his father's pet tiger has prompted the Raleigh City Council to ban pet cats and bears weighing more than 35 pounds from inside the city limits.
''It's just a reactive thing,'' council member Paul Coble said following Tuesday's meeting. ''I wish we didn't have to do things like this. We can't write enough laws to keep people from doing stupid things.''
Tyler Forsythe suffered critical head injuries when the 6-foot, 250-300 pound tiger got beyond his father's control on Thanksgiving Day in Apex, where neither the town nor Wake County prohibits exotic animals. Until Tuesday, the only pet animals banned from Raleigh were pigs.
Tyler is home after spending weeks in the hospital and is recovering well, his father's attorney, Philip Redwine, said at a court hearing.
Mark Forsythe was convicted of misdemeanor child abuse and sentenced to a $ 100 fine, 12 months on probation and 100 hours of community service.