George Hiotis

Sheriff Spent $8500 Dollars Battling Wild Animals

by George Hiotis on November 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz says he spent $8500 dollars handling the escape of Terry Thompson’s dangerous animals last month. The Sheriff told a working group studying the exotic animal’s law that the cost was for his department only. The figure is contained in minutes of the group’s October 24th meeting. Lutz’s deputies were forced to kill 48 wilds animals including bears, lions and endangered Bengal tigers after Thompson freed them late in the afternoon of October 18th, and then committed suicide. The working group is proposing recommendations that would likely ban dangerous animals and allow existing owners to keep such wildlife but require new permit rules for them.