11/08/2012 10:50 EST | Updated 01/08/2013 05:12 EST

Wildlife law review to determine whether exotic cat gets extra life in Regina

REGINA - A family in Regina has been given a reprieve in their fight to keep an exotic pet the Saskatchewan government has deemed a public safety threat.

The province has told the Shaheen family they can keep their African serval (SUHR'-vuhl) cat while the Ministry of Environment reviews provincial wildlife laws covering such animals.

The Shaheens have had the feline — called Jagger — for eight months after getting it from a breeder in B.C.

The government recently sent the family a letter saying the cat is prohibited as a pet in Saskatchewan because it's a wild creature.

They were told they had until the end of this month to get rid of Jagger.

Family spokesman Kim Shaheen has said they would sooner move out of Saskatchewan than give up their pet. (CJME)