Exotic cat center strained by winter weather

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A shelter for more than 225 exotic cats such as lions and tigers in western Indiana is feeling the pinch of the propane shortage.

Exotic Feline Rescue Center Joe Taft tells WTHI-TV  that this winter has been tough not only on humans, but on big cats kept at the center in Center Point, about 17 miles southeast of Terre Haute.

This winter's harsh weather has sent five of the cats to the veterinarian. Taft estimates the vet bills this winter will add up to more than $60,000.

Taft says the frigid weather can stress the big cats. Taft says the winter weather also has reduced the number of visitors who are a source of donations.

The center has an annual budget of $700,000.

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