George Hiotis

Exotic Animal Committee On Plan

by George Hiotis on November 1, 2011 at 3:52 am

A member of Ohio’s study committee on exotic animals says the group will likely recommend a ban on private ownership of bears, big cats and other dangerous animals and subject future buyers and sellers to penalties. Debbie Leahy of the Humane Society of the United States told the Associated Press Tuesday that current owners would likely be allowed to keep animals but face new permit rules. The working group has until the end of November to draft permanent legislation. Their work was expedited last week after Terry Thompson released dozens of exotic pets from his Muskingum County farm then killed himself. Deputies killed 48 of the animals including 18 Bengal tigers.