Sheriff Lutz Testifies Before Congress

by Kelly Choate on September 20, 2012 at 9:26 am

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz testified before Congress.

Sheriff Lutz spoke about what happened last October when Terry Thompson released dozens of exotic animals from his Kopchak Road farm before committing suicide.

Most of the animals had to be killed by deputies.  Lutz said federal legislation would help authorities track the cats and conduct inspections.

"What I want to see is law enforcement given a little bit more authority to assist like the U.S. Department of Agriculture and come in and do inspections on these people that have exotic animals as pets," said Lutz.  "Local law enforcement should have inventory lists of what are on these properties in Muskingum County."

Tougher rules on exotic animal ownership went into effect in Ohio earlier this month.