George Hiotis

Exotic Animal Hearing Delayed

by George Hiotis on April 23, 2012 at 12:37 pm

An administrative hearing has been delayed a week over Ohio’s quarantine order for five Muskingum County animals kept at the Columbus Zoo since an exotic animal escape in October.  The Zoo began caring for three leopard, two primates and a bear after their suicidal order Terry Thompson, released dozens of animals that had to be killed by Muskingum County Sheriff’s Deputies on Kopchak Road.  One Leopard was euthanized after it was struck by a door lowering between two enclosures.  A spokeswoman for the Agriculture Department says the hearing was delayed at the request of Marian Thompson, the owner’s widow, who demanded the appeal hearing.  An attorney for the widow declined to comment.  Thompson has questioned whether the state had the authority to quarantine the animals on the suspicion of potential dangerous infectious diseases.