Muskingum County sheriff: No calls about exotic animals back at Zanesville farm

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The sheriff who oversaw the response to an exotic animal release in eastern Ohio says he hasn't received calls or complaints about five surviving animals since they were returned to the property.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz recounted the incident during a state government-hosted symposium for public information officers Friday in Columbus. He says he doesn't second-guess his decision to order that authorities kill several dozen tigers, lions, bears and other animals apparently set free by their suicidal owner near Zanesville last October.

More recently, the sheriff's office dealt with the case of a severely burned woman who was found along a rural road and later died.

Lutz says it was a gruesome scene and that has made it more difficult to deal with than the exotic animal escape.

Print this article Back to Top


More stories

Items of Zanesville exotic animals owner being auctioned Items of Zanesville exotic animals owner being auctioned

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.

State: Ohio wild animal law doesn State: Ohio wild animal law doesn't violate rights

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.

Ohio panel to review new rules for exotic animals Ohio panel to review new rules for exotic animals

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.