Hundreds of curiosity-seekers, horse-traders and others have attended an auction of the estate of a suicidal man who released dozens of exotic animals in eastern Ohio almost two years ago.
ZANESVILLE, Ohio - Hundreds of curiosity-seekers, horse-traders and others have attended an auction of the estate of a suicidal man who released dozens of exotic animals in eastern Ohio almost two years ago.
Petting zoo equipment, vintage cars, motorcycles and Harley-Davidson T-shirts are among the thousands of items from Terry Thompson's estate that can be purchased Wednesday at his farm in Zanesville.
The Zanesville Times Recorder ( http://ohne.ws/14d4SS5 ) reports the auction at times has caused traffic near the farm as thousands paid the $25-per-car admission fee.
The driveway has been transformed into an improvised food court with hot dogs and pizza stands.
Jeff Koehler, owner of SE Ohio Auctions, is running the action. Koehler has said vintage cars are among the auction's highlights.
Koehler's spokeswoman expects the auction to last well into the evening.
Attorneys for Ohio told a federal appeals court Wednesday that the state's exotic animal law gives owners a pathway to keep the creatures if they choose and doesn't violate their constitutional rights.
Owners of exotic animals in Ohio would be required to meet new caging, safety and caretaking standards under proposed rules slated for review Wednesday by a legislative panel.
The types of animals being held at Ohio's new holding facility for exotic creatures won't be released to the public, mainly to deter anyone from trying to gain access to them, state Agriculture Director David Daniels said Thursday.
A federal judge has upheld Ohio's new restrictions on exotic animals after several owners sued the state over the law.