Federal investigators look into G.W. Exotic Animal Park allegations

WYNNEWOOD, OK - Federal authorities have now joined the investigation into a Garvin County exotic animal park. The park's owner says he is been getting death threats and wants authorities to arrest whoever is responsible.

The G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood is no stranger to controversy.

"We have been receiving a lot of phone call death threats," Park owner Joe Schreibvogel said. "Yesterday we got a death threat in the mail, which is funny because they put their return address on it."

"Joe Schreibvogel has a history, well know before any HSUS investigator walked into that facility of allowing private citizens, patrons, tourists to interact with his animals," President of Humane Society of the United States Wayne Pacelle said.

Last week, First News reported the HSUS filed complaints of animal abuse against the G.W. Exotic Animal Park, after one of their staff went undercover as a park employee.

Monday, an FBI agent and Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes paid Schreibvogel a visit.

"We met with Joe yesterday morning, myself and an agent of the FBI, we had a real good visit with Joe," Rhodes said. "Joe did turn over some items to the FBI and he visited with me on several allegations of threats and harrassment that he has been receiving."

Screibvogel said he not only welcomes the investigators to his park but encourages them to take a look into how he says the HSUS damaged his reputation.

"They left with enough evidence to show that the Humane Society of the United Staes are the only two people beating tigers, were their employees," Schreibvogel said.

"We are going into this investigation meeting with Joe and talking with others very open minded," Rhodes said. "First, we certainly want to make sure no crimes have been committed here in Garvin County and if so, we want those investigated fully and thoroughly."

Rhodes said during yesterday's meeting with Screibvogel both he and the FBI agent got a good feel for the exotic animal facility and how it was set up.

He said he believes the park is safe for patrons.

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  • by Not Sure Location: Ardmore on Jun 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM
    Im still not sold either way, I have been to this facility and enjoyed my time there. I do have to say that it is funny that they are always having baby tigers to play with. I think as an animal rescue that has had trouble paying for things they would not be breeding animals unless it was a way to make a extra buck. All they animals need to be fixed or take those babies back to India for repopulation.
  • by Amy Location: Oregon on May 25, 2012 at 10:26 PM
    This isn't the first time an Animal Rights group has abused animals for their own gain. Mercy For Animals released a video of abuse going on at the Conklin Dairy Farm, in which an employee caught on film was convicted of animal abuse. What Mercy For Animals didn't tell you is that their undercover agent admitted in court to also abusing animals so he wouldn't blow his cover around the other employee, and he never reported the abuse to the owner so he could get more footage for his video. The HSUS, like all animal rights groups, believes it is immoral to keep animals in captivity. Virtually every reason they use against keeping "exotics" can be used against animals such as dogs and cats, which they also believe are immoral to breed. The CEO of the HSUS, Wayne Pacelle, has stated he never wants to see another dog or cat ever born. It is also odd how the HSUS is going after Joe, yet not Big Cat Rescue, which uses tame pet rabbits to "rehabilitate" cats, even though other rehab groups have stated it is unecessary. If the HSUS is so against animal cruelty, shouldn't they be against unecessarily putting a pet rabbit into a cage to be slowly batted and tossed around to death by a bobcat? I'm guessing they turn a blind eye to this because Carol Baskins donates to the HSUS. It's like how PETA doesn't say anything bad about Pamela Anderson, even though she opened a steak house, because she poses nude and donates to them.
  • by jennifer Location: ardmore on May 23, 2012 at 05:13 PM
    Visited many times and even behind the scenes. I have always been impressed at the level of care and cleanliness and content of the animals. I say good job to all there. :)
  • by Sheryl Smith Massingill Location: Marietta, OK on May 23, 2012 at 03:51 PM
    We have been to the park in the past. The animals are well cared for and actually quite friendly (some want to take a ride with you). I cannot imagine this gentleman doing anything as awful as stated. The animals appear healthy and cared for.
  • by vet Location: california on May 23, 2012 at 03:23 PM
    HSUS is in trouble for raiding supposed puppy mills in Indiana and then purchasing all the dogs for less than $300. The court has said the state and HSUS had had broken the law regarding the rights of citizens rights.
  • by Marcy Location: Lawton on May 23, 2012 at 11:59 AM
    The H$U$ has ongoing *campaigns* against animal use--pets, livestock, etc. They use "propaganda mill" BIG LIES (google this phrase) and opportunistic setups that coincide with their lobbying for legislation to ban some sort of use of animals or so overly regulate it that people give up. It has to come down to the time when the question "WHY IS ANYONE GIVING CREDIBILITY TO THE H$U$?" is answered with, *WE DON'T. THEY ARE ANIMAL RIGHTS, NOT ANIMAL WELFARE, AND THEY ARE LED BY SOCIOPATHS."
  • by Mike Taylor on May 23, 2012 at 10:27 AM
    Joe is a con artist, animal abuser and a liar. What a bunch of fools you all are.
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      by Billy Bob Thornton@Windom on May 23, 2012 at 04:21 PM in reply to Mike Taylor
      Mikey is a wimp,are you one of the HSUS minion's? i think so.
  • by Bea Location: Mayberry on May 23, 2012 at 09:48 AM
    fine example of HSUS worshipping the created instead of the creator
  • by doug Location: usa on May 23, 2012 at 09:25 AM
    HSUS is a lying animal rights group.. I hope Joe takes them down and shows the world how crooked they are. Friends Don't let Friends Donate to the HSUS
  • by ripdon Location: texas on May 23, 2012 at 07:26 AM
    I believe Carole Lewis Baskin of Big Cat Rescue, Tamp Fl is the one behind this. She is being sued by Joe and is buddies with HSUS, who she gives $100,000 a year to have her back. They support her lies, deceit, and fraud, and even the killing and bleeding of innocent domestic rabbits. See the photos and videos here, along with reports written by her former staff. bigcatrescuelies.blogspot.com. She has every reason to want to hurt Joe, as he has spoken out against her unethical business practices and scams.
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