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.