Ohio Widow Fights Quarantine Of Released Animals

One of three panthers rescued by the Zoo from a ranch in Zanesville.(Photo: Columbus Zoo)
One of three panthers rescued by the Zoo from a ranch in Zanesville.(Photo: Columbus Zoo)

The widow of an Ohio man who released dozens of tigers, bears and other animals at his farm before killing himself is appealing the state’s quarantine of the six surviving creatures.

Marian Thompson’s lawyer requested a hearing in a letter to the Ohio Department of Agriculture this week. The lawyer did not cite a specific reason.

A department spokeswoman says lawyers for Thompson and the state will arrange a date to present their arguments to a hearing officer. The officer would make a determination to be reviewed by the head of the department.

The Columbus zoo has cared for three leopards, two primates and a young grizzly bear since Terry Thompson released animals at his farm near Zanesville last month. The state ordered the animals be kept under quarantine.

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