Published: Sep 24, 2012 7:03 AM EDT

LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. (AP) - A court fight is under way in Palm Beach County over two tigers and a leopard that belong to a former Tarzan actor.
 
The cats were seized in February by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The agency says Steve Sipek was keeping Class 1 animals without a USDA permit. Since then, Sipek and Melanie Boynes, who lives on the Loxahatchee property with him, set up a non-profit called Tarzan's Big Cat Sanctuary.
 
The wildlife agency recently refused the sanctuary's request for a permit to own big cats, citing inadequate care, poor food and lax security.
 
The South Florida SunSentinel reports Boynes has gone to court in hopes of reclaiming the animals seized Feb. 27.
 
An attorney for Boynes and Sipek told the newspaper the charges are false.