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Zanesville exotic animals: 1 year later
It’s been a year since dozens of exotic animals were released from a Zanesville farm
Story by MICHAEL LOCKLEAR


 
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It’s been a year since dozens of exotic animals were released from a Zanesville farm.
Law enforcement officers tracked down and killed most of them.

Since then, the state has enacted restrictions on dangerous wild animals.
Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz spoke to a group at Ohio University-Lancaster Friday afternoon.
Zanesville exotic animals: 1 year later

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“We got very lucky as well as it went. And if there’s anything that we did that another community can see and prevent something like this from happening in their community, then all the better. And that’s what it’s about is the legislation and talking about it is to hope that people understand that places like this are ticking time bombs and anything can happen and that you need to be as prepared as possible.”

Lutz has traveled across the country talking about the response, and he recently went to Washington, D.C., in support of a federal crackdown on exotic animal ownership.
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