George Hiotis

Charges Dropped In Exotic Animal Case

by George Hiotis on January 5, 2012 at 5:57 am

The Muskingum County Prosecutor’s Office says charges will be dropped against four Guernsey County men accused of trying to steal the carcass of a lion from Terry Thompson’s exotic animal farm – if the men complete 40 hours of community service. The lion was among dozens of animals killed by Muskingum County Sheriff’s Deputies in October after Thompson released them from the Kopchak Road farm in October, then committed suicide. Assistant Prosecutor Maria Kalis said Thursday the case involved youthful hijinks and poor decision making. She said authorities didn’t want the futures of the men, ranging in ages from 19 to 21 to be affected by bad decisions one night. The men were charged with theft. A message was left with their attorney for comment. Kalis did not know the status of a juvenile that was also charged in the case.