Widow Of Suicidal Animal Owner Pays Muskingum County Taxes

Marian Thompson (pink shirt) recently reclaimed exotic animals belonging to her and her late husband from the Columbus Zoo.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU News Reporter)
Marian Thompson (pink shirt) recently reclaimed exotic animals belonging to her and her late husband from the Columbus Zoo.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU News Reporter)

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) – The widow of an animal owner in eastern Ohio who released dozens of animals before committing suicide has paid more than $14,000 in back taxes.

The Zanesville Times Recorder and WHIZ-TV report Marian Thompson paid the taxes Friday morning. She faced possible foreclosure on her 70 acres of land in Zanesville.

Muskingum County Prosecutor Michael Haddox sent Thompson a letter in November warning of potential legal action. Court records show Thompson still owes more than $55,000 for two federal tax liens.

Thompson’s payment comes a week after two surviving leopards, two primates and a bear were returned to her farm. They had been kept at the Columbus zoo for months under a state quarantine order.

Thompson’s attorney told the newspaper Thursday he hadn’t seen the foreclosure documents and couldn’t comment.

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