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PETA questions AZ Cardinals player believed to have pet tiger

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

An Arizona Cardinals' player believed to have a roughly 600 pound pet is getting criticism from PETA.

PETA said it's sent letters to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Arizona Game and Fish Department urging them to investigate Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett's reported purchase of a tiger.

PETA claims Dockett may have taken the animal from Florida to Arizona, which is prohibited by law without a permit.

"Tigers are endangered, they're dangerous, and it's illegal and cruel to buy them and keep them as 'pets' in Arizona," PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders said in a statement Thursday. "PETA is calling on the authorities to make sure that any tiger Darnell Dockett may have bought ends up at an accredited sanctuary, not in a cage, in a football player's backyard."

Dockett is firing back on social media. On Thursday, he posted on his Twitter @ddockett22h, "From July 1998 through the end of 2012, PETA has killed more than 29,000 dogs and cats! Hmmm that's weird!"

Dockett also tweeted he was missing his tiger, while at training camp, which the Cardinals reported to, on July 25, at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

CBS 5 News has reached out to Dockett and the Cardinals for comments.

Stay with cbs5az.com for updates on this developing story.

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