George Hiotis

Thompson Seeks Return Of Quarantined Exotic Animals

by George Hiotis on November 23, 2011 at 5:25 am

The widow of Terry Thompson of Zanesville is appealing the State’s quarantine of the six surviving animals being held at the Columbus Zoo. The other animals were killed by Sheriff’s Deputies after Mr. Thompson released them and then killed himself last month. Marian Thompson’s Lawyer, Robert McClelland of Zanesville, requested a hearing in a letter to the Ohio Department of Agriculture this week. McClelland did not cite a specific reason. A department spokeswoman says lawyers for Thompson and the State will arrange a date to present their arguments to a hearing officer. The officer would make a determination to be reviewed by the head of the department. The Columbus Zoo has cared for three leopards, two primates and a young grizzly bear. The State ordered the animals be kept under quarantine.