ZANESVILLE, Ohio — As local authorities respond to the escape or release of dozens of exotic animals from a private menagerie in Muskingum County, The Humane Society of the United States is calling on Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to immediately issue emergency regulations restricting the sale and possession of dangerous wild animals.
The Kasich Administration allowed emergency rules put in place by former Gov. Ted Strickland to expire in April. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has convened a working group to develop standards, which it will apparently recommend to the legislature for action, at some undetermined time frame.
Authorities reported Terry Thompson was found dead Oct. 18 on his Zanesville property, and cages were open where he had kept dozens of lions, bears and wolves. The animals were roaming the streets, and many had already been shot by responders.
Addressing the issue of private ownership of “exotic” animals was one of the elements of a deal struck by the HSUS and agricultural leaders in the state to advance a series of animal welfare policies in the state in 2010.
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