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Exotic Animal Auction Owner Worried New Law Goes Too Far

Governor Kasich signed a law to ban new ownership of many exotic animals.
June 8, 2012

President of Mount Hope Auction, Thurman Mullet is concerned the exotic animal ban will eventually lead to no one owning an exotic animal.

Ohio Governor Signs New Rules On Exotic Animals

Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo,speaks at the exotic animal restrictions signing ceremony.
5, 2012

Ohio’s governor has signed into law the state’s widely watched new regulations on exotic animals.

Ohio Prepares For Unknown With Exotic Pet Rules

Governor Kasich is expected to soon sign a measure regulating the ownership of exotic animals in Ohio.
May 28, 2012

Ohio officials are preparing to impose new rules on owners of exotic animals without knowing exactly how many lions, leopards, bears and other creatures live in the state.

Exotic Animal Regulations Clear Ohio Legislature

One of three panthers rescued by the Zoo from a ranch in Zanesville.
May 23, 2012

Proposed regulations on exotic animals in Ohio are now headed to the governor for his signature.

Widow Of Suicidal Animal Owner Pays Muskingum County Taxes

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Marian Thompson (pink shirt) recently reclaimed exotic animals belonging to her and her late husband from the Columbus Zoo.
12, 2012

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.

Columbus Zoo Returned Animals To Zanesville Woman

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Marian Thompson (pink shirt) leans into the crate that holds a brown bear that was released last fall by her deceased husband. The man freed 50 exotic animals before committing suicide. The zoo returned the animals to Thompson after a quarantine was lifted.
4, 2012

Workers at the Columbus Zoo transferred exotic animals to the widow of the Zanesville man who released them last fall.

Ohio Senate OKs Bill To Regulate Exotic Animals

The Ohio Senate has passed a bill to ban Ohioans from acquiring new exotic animals.
April 25, 2012

The state Senate has passed a bill to ban Ohioans from acquiring new exotic animals and regulate the current owners of tigers, lions and other creatures.

Ohio Panel Accepts Changes To Exotic Animal Rules

An Ohio Senate Committee is working on legislation to regulate the ownership of exotic animals in the state.
24, 2012

An Ohio Senate committee has accepted a slew of changes to a measure aimed at regulating exotic animals in the state.

Zanesville Exotic Animals To Remain Under State Quarantine

A state veterinarian ruled Monday that this leopard and four other exotic animals should remain under quarantine in case they have rabies.
April 23, 2012

A state veterinarian has cleared the animals of the infectious diseases for which they were quarantined last year, but they’ll stay under state care out of concern for possible rabies infections.

Animal Owners Group Takes Aim At Ohio Exotics Bill

An animal owners group now wants to overhaul proposed legislation limiting the ownership of exotic animals in Ohio.
April 10, 2012

An animal owners’ group in Ohio says it’s now focused on stopping proposed regulations on exotic animals from becoming state law.