Ohio panel to review new rules for exotic animals

COLUMBUS, Ohio - 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 regulations come as the state prepares to begin issuing new permits this fall to owners, who must obtain the permits by 2014 in order to keep their dangerous wildlife.

The proposed rules being heard by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review are part of a state law that took effect last year.

Owners will have to pass a background check, pay permit fees, obtain liability insurance and show inspectors they can properly contain the animal.

Ohio officials could seize the animals if owners don't meet the state's requirements or are found housing an animal without a permit.
 

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