TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio man who is fighting the state for the return of his tigers and other exotic animals will be allowed to see some of them.

A state appeals court says Kenny Hetrick and his veterinarian will be allowed to examine the animals that were sent to a South Dakota sanctuary then, because of neglect there, were sent to a Colorado sanctuary.

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Kenny Hetrick (credit: Twitter)

Kenny Hetrick (credit: Twitter)

The court is telling the state to arrange the visits as soon as possible.

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Ohio took custody of 11 animals from Hetrick’s roadside sanctuary near Toledo in January 2015 after officials say he ignored warnings about needing a permit.

Hetrick has gone to court demanding the animals be returned.

A judge in November ordered the animals be brought back to Ohio but later put that ruling on hold.

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