State panel to decide on funding for a facility to house Ohio's exotic animals

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.

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