Last year, real-estate developer and art collector Ron Pizzuti opened the doors to the Pizzuti Collection in the Short North, a venue at which to showcase his vast art collection. After purchasing his first piece of art in 1972, he has since amassed more than 1,500 works by artists ranging from Frank Stella to Ai [...]
Ohio Panel OKs New Rules For Exotic Animals
New guidelines regulating exotic animals in Ohio will require owners to meet new caging, safety and caretaking standards.
The new rules were reviewed and OK’d Wednesday by the state’s legislative rule-setting committee.
The regulations come as the state prepares to begin issuing new permits this fall to owners. Permit holders must obtain the authorization document by 2014 to keep their dangerous wildlife.
Owners will have to pass background checks, pay permit fees, obtain liability insurance and show inspectors they can properly contain their animals. Ohio officials could seize the animals if owners are found housing them without a permit.
Polly Britton is the lobbyist for the Ohio Association of Animal Owners. She says a problem with the proposed rules is the required sterilization of certain animals.