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 [...]
Owners Of Exotic Animals Can Soon Get Ohio Permits
Keeping bears, tigers, jaguars or other exotic animals in Ohio will soon require a new state-issued permit.
Owners can start applying for the permits Tuesday, as the final parts of the state’s crackdown on dangerous wild animals sets in.
Owners who don’t breed animals will apply for a wildlife shelter permit. They must pass a background check and pay fees from $250 to more than $1,000.
Ohio officials can seize the animals if owners are found housing them without a permit starting next year.
The state’s law was strengthened following the release of dozens of animals including lions and tigers by their suicidal owner in 2011.
Breeders and rescue facilities also will need permits.
Some sanctuaries, circuses, research institutions and accredited facilities are exempted.