Let this be a lesson to all of us: The police can enter your home without a warrant if there's a tiger living in it. And they can probably enter your home sans warrant if there's an alligator, too. We know this because a judge tossed out Antoine Yates' lawsuit against the city; Yates claimed his constitutional rights were violated when the search warrant-less police entered his Harlem apartment to remove his tiger, Ming, and alligator, Al. Judge Signey Stein said that Yates showed extreme chutzpah in trying to sue the city, especially since tigers and alligators are illegal, plus the fact that Ming had bitten Yates in the leg. And the police were trying to keep the public safe by removing the animals. Yeah, if Ming paced around the apartment a couple times, we're sure he could have had enough of a running start to barrel through a wall or something. No word on whether or not Yates carried a stuffed tiger with him in court the way he did when he was sentenced to five months in prison and five years probation in 2004 (Yates really missed Ming!).
And remember when the NY Post bought a tiger cub to show how easy it was buy exotic animals, only to be slapped by the Daily News? Aw, we miss Boomerang. Heck, we just miss being able to write about tigers in city apartments.
Surveillance photograph taken outside Yates' apartment