Owners' lawyer: Agreement reached in exotics case

COLUMBUS, Ohio - 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.

Attorney Robert Owens said Monday the state has agreed not to enforce certain provisions of the law until there's a hearing on the lawsuit. For instance, Ohio officials wouldn't refer owners for prosecution if they don't register their animals.

Under the law, owners faced a Monday deadline to register their creatures.

Four owners filed a federal lawsuit on Friday against the state's agriculture department and its director. They claim the law threatens their First Amendment and property rights.

Owens said there's no court order yet because the agreement is still being reviewed.

A state spokeswoman declined to comment on the lawsuit and the agreement.

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