The Roaring Cat Retreat in Lambton Shores is being forced to relocate its animals.
An Ontario Superior Court judge has ordered the animals be removed from the animal sanctuary, in a rural area south of Grand Bend.
Among the animals being housed at Roaring Cat are eight lions, two tigers, a serval, a lynx, and six lemurs.
In April of 2019, Lambton Shores council passed a by-law, disallowing the ownership or possession of exotic animals.
The owners of Roaring Cat claim in court documents an official from Lambton Shores told them the land could continue to act as an exotic animal retreat.
Justice John A. Desotti says the property's use as a home for exotic animals lapsed when the site, formerly the Pineridge Zoo, closed more than a decade earlier.
The timing of the removal of the animals from Roaring Cat can be discussed with the Municipality of Lambton Shores, or argued before Justice Desotti.