Stories tagged with: Exotic Animal Legislation

September 24, 2012 - 6:08pm
1 year 41 weeks ago

Sheriff Lutz is back from Washington D.C. after a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill.

Lutz said he was asked about the events that took place last year on October 18th when Terry Thompson released dozens of exotic animals and then killed himself at his Kopchak Road farm.

The animals had to be killed by deputies to protect the public.

Lutz said the long day gave him an opportunity to talk to representatives about the importance of public safety.

"We had a...

March 14, 2012 - 7:15am
2 years 17 weeks ago

(AP) A proposal to regulate ownership of exotic animals in Ohio is getting its first hearing before State Senators.

Efforts to strengthen the state's law took on new urgency in October when authorities were forced to kill 48 wild animals, after their owner Terry Thompson freed them from his Kopchak Road farm and then committed suicide.

Republican State Senator Troy Balderson of Zanesville introduced the bill to ban new ownership of exotic animals in the state.
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February 10, 2012 - 1:06pm
2 years 21 weeks ago

This week State Senator Troy Balderson hoped to introduce legislation to crackdown on exotic animal ownership in Ohio.

However, the senator said some concerns with the bill stalled plans and he realizes for many this is an emotional and complicated issue.

"We're talking about property rights. We're talking about public safety and all those things are important," said Senator Balderson. "We understand those things. We just need to put something in place so that...

January 3, 2012 - 6:56pm
2 years 27 weeks ago

Heading into a new year Ohio lawmakers are cracking down on the ownership of exotic animals.

Efforts to strengthen the state's law took on new urgency in October when Muskingum County Sheriff Deputies were forced to kill 48 wild animals after their owner, Terry Thompson, freed them and then committed suicide. State Senator Troy Balderson said the legislation is currently in the hands of the Legislative Service Commission which is working to include recommendations made by the Ohio...

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