I work with a group that rescues "exotic" cats, including tigers. They are magnificant creatures, but also expensive to house, feed and care for, and very, very dangerous. We have a tiger rescued from another rescue. She was half starved, had severe frostbite, and had painful and expensive to treat dental problems from previous poor care.
All to often these animals are aquired because either:
1. It's "cool"
2. It's "dangerous" (which makes me "cool")
3. I can make money from the animal
When people realize how dangerous this animal really is they are in a hurry to get rid of it. Rescues, many good, many not so good, try to step in when possible.
In this situation there is a "not so good rescue" where the people appear to be more interested in trying to make money than in actual rescue (valid rescues rarely breed, and then only in controlled circumstances.) There is also a "personality" which has gotten involved with this situation. This person has a long history of rushing in when there is a problem, grabbing any media attention (and available funds offered by well meaning donors), taking only the healthy and highly markatable animals (white tigers as a prime example) then leaving the animals in real need for someone else to worry about. It's a tragic situation to start with, this just makes it so much worse.