George Hiotis

Friend: Thompson Animals To Live In Muskingum County

by George Hiotis on May 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

A person close to Marion Thompson says the five exotic animals being held at the Columbus Zoo are coming back to her Kopchak Road farm.  Cyndi Huntsman says Thompson intends to keep the animals here in Muskingum County.  Two leopards, two primates and a bear has been held at the Zoo since October under a state issued quarantine order, which was lifted Monday.  It’s unclear when Thompson might get the animals.  Huntsman operates Stump Hill Farm near Massillon in northeast Ohio.  Her farm has exotic animals, and state officials believed it could be a potential home for Thompson’s animals.  A message was left for Thompson’s lawyer Robert McClelland.  He told the State’s Agriculture Department that his client has adequate cages for the animals.  It is a claim being disputed by the State.