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Exotic animal permits are slow-going in Ohio
Deadline is midnight tonight

This sign went up shortly after the owner of dozens of exotic animals released them near Zanesville, then committed suicide.
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A deadline is nearing for Ohioans who want to keep their exotic animals in 2014. For Ohio Public Radio, WOSU’s Steve Brown reports on one of the final parts of a 2012 crackdown on dangerous animals.

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The state Department of Agriculture says it will accept applications for exotic animals permits as long as they were delivered or postmarked by Dec. 31. So how many permits have they issued so far?

“We have not issued permits yet.”

Agriculture Department spokeswoman Erica Hawkins says that’s because they’re still in the application gathering stage.

“We’ve received about 37 that are still in progress. We do expect that number to increase quite a bit this week.”

The permit requirement is one of the final parts of a 2012 law. It was passed after a Muskingum County man released dozens of lions, tigers and other exotic animals just before committing suicide.


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Listener Comments:

I don't think anyone is suggesting that animals be killed, but many exotic animals are dying because they are not in properly maintained facilities, and are being taken care of by people who do not know how to properly feed and house them. I have not heard of a single animal being confiscated under this program, except the lions and bears that were set free by their owner. The recession caused problems for many animal owners, including horse owners and exotic animal owners. You can't leave these animals underfed and ill-housed. That's not an appropriate solution. Register your animals and meet the standards for care!

Posted by: Fred P (Kent, OH) on January 6, 2014 10:01AM
This is sickening. These animals are private property and were legally owned- without a true case, the government cannot just burst into their homes and seize them from their families only to have them killed after being caged and never taken out for weeks.

Posted by: Anda Ciurezu (Canada) on January 1, 2014 8:01AM
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