Stories tagged with: exotic animals

September 20, 2012 - 9:25pm
1 year 42 weeks ago

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz testified before Congress.

Sheriff Lutz spoke about what happened last October when Terry Thompson released dozens of exotic animals from his Kopchak Road farm before committing suicide.

Most of the animals had to be killed by deputies.  Lutz said federal legislation would help authorities track the cats and conduct inspections.

"What I want to see is law enforcement given a little bit more authority to assist like the U.S....

May 22, 2012 - 3:32pm
2 years 7 weeks ago

Proposed regulations on exotic animals in Ohio are now headed to the Governor for his signature.  Efforts to strengthen the State’s law took on new urgency in October when Terry Thompson released dozens of exotic animals from his Kopchak Road farm in Muskingum County.  The Ohio House passed the measure on an 87-9 vote Tuesday.  And the Senate then agreed to the house’s changes.  Those revisions included lower permit fees and liability insurance requirements...

May 4, 2012 - 5:59pm
2 years 9 weeks ago

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The satellite trucks, news vans and spectators poured into Muskingum County as Marian Thompson and her five remaining exotic animals arrived at the Kopchak Road farm on Friday.

It's here on this farm where Terry Thompson released dozens of exotic animals before committing suicide back in October.  Now, almost seven months later, his widow Marian is making national headlines once again.

"I don't think they should...

May 3, 2012 - 11:18am
2 years 10 weeks ago

A person close to Marion Thompson says the five exotic animals being held at the Columbus Zoo are coming back to her Kopchak Road farm.  Cyndi Huntsman says Thompson intends to keep the animals here in Muskingum County.  Two leopards, two primates and a bear has been held at the Zoo since October under a state issued quarantine order, which was lifted Monday.  It’s unclear when Thompson might get the animals.  Huntsman operates Stump Hill Farm near Massillon in...

May 2, 2012 - 8:39am
2 years 10 weeks ago

An Ohio Zoo spokesman says Marion Thompson’s exotic animals are not coming home on Wednesday.  Officials say details are still being worked out for returning the five creatures and no time frame has been set.  Patti Peters of the Columbus Zoo says the facility’s staff spoke Tuesday to Thompson’s veterinarian to begin coordinating the animal’s transfer.  Two leopards, two primates and a bear have been held at the zoo since October under a state issued...

April 27, 2012 - 12:40pm
2 years 10 weeks ago


An attorney for the late Terry Thompson’s wife who is seeking the return of exotic animals that survived an October escape says she has adequate cages for them at her Kopchak Road farm.  Three leopards, two primates and a bear survived the released of dozens of wild creatures in Muskingum County.  They have been held under state-issued quarantine at the Columbus Zoo.  One leopard had to be euthanized.  Attorney Robert McClelland wrote to Ohio officials last...

April 25, 2012 - 10:54am
2 years 11 weeks ago


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.  The measure cleared the Chamber by a
30-to-1 vote today and now goes to the house for its consideration.  Facilities accredited by some national zoo groups would be exempt from the bill, along with sanctuaries and research institutions.  The legislation would allow current owners to keep their pets by obtaining a...

April 23, 2012 - 12:37pm
2 years 11 weeks ago


An administrative hearing has been delayed a week over Ohio’s quarantine order for five Muskingum County animals kept at the Columbus Zoo since an exotic animal escape in October.  The Zoo began caring for three leopard, two primates and a bear after their suicidal order Terry Thompson, released dozens of animals that had to be killed by Muskingum County Sheriff’s Deputies on Kopchak Road.  One Leopard was euthanized after it was struck by a door lowering between...

April 23, 2012 - 4:44am
2 years 11 weeks ago

A state-appointed lawyer is set to hear arguments Monday over Ohio’s quarantine order for five animals kept at the Columbus Zoo since an exotic animal release in Muskingum County in October.  The Zoo began caring for three leopards, two primates and a bear after their suicidal owner released dozens of animals that had to be killed by Muskingum County Sheriff’s Deputies at the Terry Thompson farm on Kopchak Road.  One leopard was euthanized after it was struck by a door...

April 18, 2012 - 8:32am
2 years 12 weeks ago

Ohio Lawmakers considering regulations on exotic animals have eased proposed rules for snakes and decreased requirements for property warning signs as part of two dozens changes to the bill.  Boa Constrictors were removed from the suggested list of restricted species as a committee considered the measure this week.  Other changes would let animal owners use surety bonds instead of liability insurance and exempt animals from a required microchip implantation if it would endanger...

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