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 - A state panel is set to vote on funding the construction of a facility that would temporarily house exotic animals confiscated under a new Ohio law.
Ohio officials want to spend $3.5 million build the facility that could hold dozens of animals.
Owners of exotic animals in Ohio must start registering them with the state under the new law that came about after an eastern Ohio man released 50 animals, including black bears, mountain lions and tigers, from his farm in Zanesville last October.
Ohio officials can seize animals from current owners if those owners don't meet the state's requirements or are found housing an animal without a permit.
The new facility for confiscated animals would be built near the state Agriculture Department's headquarters just east of Columbus.
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.