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 - A sheriff says repeated escapes by horses have prompted fencing upgrades at the Ohio farm where dozens of exotic animals were released by their suicidal owner and later killed by authorities last fall.
Two surviving leopards, two primates and a bear were returned to the owner's widow and the farm near Zanesville this month. That left some people concerned because nothing in Ohio law allows state officials to check on the animals' welfare or require improvements to the conditions in which they're kept.
Last week, horses somehow escaped the farm three days in a row. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz (lootz) tells WBNS-TV farm hands have installed new barbed wire and an electrical line on the fence to help prevent such escapes.
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.
A federal judge is scheduled to begin hearing testimony Monday in a lawsuit involving Ohio's new law regulating dangerous wild animals.
A judge has ruled in favor of allowing the Humane Society of the United States to join the state in defending Ohio's new law regulating exotic animals.
Gov. John Kasich has cleared the way for Ohio to enforce temporary rules set by a board that was created under the state's new law on exotic animals.
State officials continue to work with owners of exotic animals to help them fully register their creatures with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, even though the state deadline for them to submit information was several weeks ago.
An attorney for animal owners who are suing over Ohio's new law regulating exotic wildlife says they've reached an agreement with state officials in the case.