George Hiotis

Thompson Considering Legal Action

by George Hiotis on February 7, 2012 at 8:03 am

The widow of Terry Thompson who released dozens of exotic animals that were killed by Sheriff’s Deputies is threatening to take legal action as she fights for custody of the five surviving creatures. The Columbus Zoo began caring for three leopards, two primates and a bear under state issued quarantine after the October release on Kopchak Road in Muskingum County. One of the leopards was euthanized 10 days after it was struck by a door lowering between two enclosures. An attorney for Marion Thompson wrote the Ohio Department of Agriculture after the incident demanding a previously requested appeal hearing on the quarantine order and medical testing to prove the animals don’t need to be quarantined. A spokesman says the department is reviewing the letter.