REPORT: Ezekiel Elliott’s Dad Facing Over 20 Charges After His Illegally Owned Serval Cat Attacked A Neighbor’s Dog

Stacy’s Elliott, the father of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is in some hot water.

According to Sheridan Hendrix of the Columbus Dispatch, Stacy Elliott has been charged in connection with an incident in which his wild cat allegedly attacked a neighbor’s dog in Ohio back in October.

Per the report:

The Ohio Department of Agriculture says 21 charges will be filed against Stacy Elliott in connection with a serval cat that got loose in October.

Stacy Elliott, also known as Stacy El-Muhammad, is the father of Dallas Cowboys running back and former Buckeye Ezekiel Elliott.

Elliott is facing the charges after a serval cat was shot and killed in October after attacking a dog in a Fairfield County neighborhood.

Elliott is currently facing 21 charges relating to the attack, including allowing a dangerous wild animal to escape, failure to notify of a dangerous wild animal escape, and possession of a dangerous wild animal.


The animal, a serval, is a wild cat native to west, central and southern Africa, and can be two to four times the weight, and more than twice as tall at the shoulders as a domestic house cat. 

Authorities eventually figured out that Elliott had purchased the animal, thanks to a microchip in the serval.

Here are the charges Mr. Elliott faces:

The Ohio Department of Agriculture filed nine charges against Elliott: 

• Failure to notify of dangerous wild animal (DWA) escape
• Falsification
• Obstruction of official business
• Allowing DWA to escape
• Failure to notify law enforcement of DWA escape
• Failure to have DWA signage at property entrance
• Possession of a DWA
• Failure to obtain DWA permit
• Failure to have DWA signage on cage

Of those, eight charges are first-degree misdemeanors. ODA says Elliott is also facing 12 other charges, brought by other agencies involved.

A first-degree misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1000 fine.