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Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:26 am, Thu Feb 23, 2012.

One of the Performing Animal Welfare Society's oldest tigers has died, the organization reported on its website this week.

Rodney was rescued in a highly publicized case in 2003 that shuttered a site in Colton after it was raided by law enforcement officials, who found tiger and leopard cubs crawling around the home's attic, two small alligators in the bathtub and two hungry tigers roaming around the porch, according to news accounts.

Behind a gate in the front yard, authorities said they came across 30 dead adult tigers, some with their legs tied together.

Rodney was removed from the site and transported to the Galt PAWS location, and later transported to ARK 2000 in San Andreas.

He died Feb. 16, peacefully lying under a tree in his grassy habitat, according to PAWS’ website.

The tiger and his constant companion, Rex, spent most days sleeping in the sun, but that day Rex returned to the den area late in the afternoon and keepers realized that Rodney was not rising.

He was approximately 18 years old, although no records exist for any of the Colton tigers.

PAWS was originally founded in Galt, where its administrative offices are still located.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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