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.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - 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.
The Dangerous and Restricted Animals Advisory Board established interim rules for cage sizes and the caretaking of regulated animals, such as alligators, cougars and lions. Kasich signed an executive order Tuesday that enables the Ohio Department of Agriculture to adopt the rules immediately.
The advisory board decides the proper thickness of the animals' cages and how they should be maintained, among other requirements. Kasich's order says animal owners will have 90 days to comply with the rules once they're adopted.
More permanent standards will be put in place when new state permits are required in 2014.
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.