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Deadline approaching for exotic animal owners
Last part of a law passed in the wake of a Zanesville man's release of 50 wild animals in 2011
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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Ohioans have just days to apply for a permit to legally own dangerous wild animals in 2014. It’s part of a law created after a Zanesville man set free more than 50 exotic animals in 2011 before killing himself. The Ohio General Assembly passed the new law last summer, which applies to tigers, lions, bears, gators, some monkeys and restricted snakes. Owners were required to register their animals last fall, and now must apply for a license by December 31. Erica Hawkins with the Department of Agriculture says the state has never had care requirements for owning these kinds of animals.
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“And now there are—requiring care from a veterinarian, requiring some level of knowledge for dealing with the kinds of species that are being kept—those are all new requirements as well and they should improve the quality of life for the animals as well.”

Hawkins says there’s no clear picture of what the enforcement process will look like because there could be a variety of situations with owners.

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