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'Tiger King' Joe Exotic Fears Death As COVID Sweeps Through Texas Prison: 'We Are Like Dogs In A Shelter'

Aug. 11 2021, Published 3:46 p.m. ET

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Joe Exotic has been handed another blow behind bars.

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After OK! spilled the Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness star, 58, was worried his prostate cancer was spreading, the big cat enthusiast revealed that his treatment has been put on hold due to a COVID outbreak at his prison in Fort Worth, Texas.

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“We are like dogs in a shelter waiting for our turn to catch parvo and die,” he dished to The Sun. "All medical treatment has been canceled. We now have Delta COVID in here."

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After griping about his treatment behind bars, Exotic — whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage — explained that he had just gotten some help before the lockdown happened. "I finally had an appointment with the outside oncologist and hematologist” on Monday, then “we went into lockdown.”

“They pulled some positive inmates out of my unit. With this many guards going home, no mask in the community, and coming back — there is no way to avoid this," the Netflix star added. "All of this will slow down an already flawed and slow system for getting a court date and a new trial.”

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The convicted felon, who recently had his 22-year prison sentence vacated by an appeals court in May, launched a failed campaign to have ex-President Donald Trump pardon him before leaving office. When the one-term president ignored his request, Exotic expressed his disappointment via Twitter.

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"I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon from Trump," he tweeted on January 20, 2021, adding: “Boy were we all stupid to believe he actually stood for Equal Justice? His corrupt friends all come first.”

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Now, he’s turned his anger towards the current administration, blasting President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris for not following through on their campaign promises fast enough for him.

“Three years now trying to prove I'm innocent,” he explained. “If I die or get worse waiting for help, I want America to vote Biden and Harris out of office cause they bragged how they were gonna fix the prison and justice system.”

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Exotic is currently locked up for plotting to kill Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin. He was also convicted in 2019 on eight counts of violating the Lacey Act for falsifying wildlife records and nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act.

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