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Ohio’s Exotic Animal Law Survives Federal Lawsuit

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upholds Ohio's law restricting exotic animals.
March 4, 2014

A federal appeals court has upheld Ohio’s new restrictions on exotic animals, rejecting a challenge by owners who claimed the law is too stringent and forces them to join in associations with which they disagree.

No Permits Issued Yet for Ohio Exotic Animal Owners in 2014

File photo of one of three panthers rescued by the Columbus Zoo from Terry Thompson's farm near Zanesville.
December 31, 2013

Ohio officials have issued no permits to owners of dangerous wild animals, though they are required to have them to keep their creatures starting Wednesday.

Evidence Shows Exotic Animal Owner Killed Himself

Deputies say Terry Thompson committed suicide after releasing many of his exotic animals.
5, 2012

An Ohio sheriff is reporting more evidence that a man killed himself after setting loose dozens of wild, exotic animals he owned.

Ohio Widow Fights Quarantine Of Released Animals

One of three panthers rescued by the Zoo from a ranch in Zanesville.
November 24, 2011

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 [...]

Ohio Group Likely To Suggest New Exotic Animal Ban

One of three panthers rescued by the Zoo from a ranch in Zanesville.
November 1, 2011

A member of Ohio’s study committee on exotic animal regulations says the group will likely recommend a ban on new private ownership and subject future buyers and sellers to penalties.

Whom Do You Blame For The Zanesville Animal Deaths?

Posted: October 20, 2011

Sheriffs killed nearly 50 exotic animals near Zanesville after they were let loose by their owner who apparently committed suicide. Deputies say they had no choice but to shoot the animals. Officials and animal-rights activists say Ohio needs tougher regulations on exotic animals. Whom do you blame for the Zanesville animal deaths?

Year in Review: Landmark Animal Rights Deal Never Materialized

29, 2010

Some unfinished business from 2010 could become front burner issues in 2011, including an agreement that was made last summer between animal rights activists, farmers and the state. As part of our series looking back at 2010 in state government and politics, Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles takes a look at a deal that was struck but never materialized.

Exotic Animal Owners Worry About New Restrictions

Marion County backyard where black bears are kept.
September 27, 2010

Owning an exotic animal in Ohio may be outlawed if some animal rights groups get their way. This year Governor Ted Strickland reached an agreement with the Humane Society to develop new regulations that would ban or restrict ownership of wild and exotic animals.

Franklin County Animal Shelter Director Placed On Paid Administrative Leave

6, 2009

Franklin County Commissioners unanimously voted to place Franklin County Animal Shelter director Lisa A. Wahoff on paid administrative leave while it reviews allegations the shelter was mismanaged among other complaints.

Former OSU Chimps Lose Lawsuit

18, 2008

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is considering appealing a Texas court decision that seven former Ohio State University primates do not have the legal right to sue. PETA tried to get legal standing for the primates, saying the conditions of their sanctuary was substandard.