Sheriff Lutz Appointed to New Task Force

by Erika Brooks on October 9, 2012 at 6:24 am

A new commission will enforce exotic animal legislation in Ohio.

Governor John Kasich as appointed Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz to the Dangerous Wild Animal State Emergency Response Commission. The commission is tasked with developing a plan to react if dangerous animals escape.

"I think we’re light years ahead of where we were over a year ago because we do have something official we’ll be coming up on some official action if people are not in compliance with it and that was one of the huge issues before," said Sheriff Lutz.

.The announcement comes just shy of the one-year anniversary of the release of Terry Thompson’s wild animals. Sheriff Lutz believes Ohio is moving forward in the right direction.

"As we talk about this over the course of the last year sometimes it takes a near disaster before something gets done, so this definitely sped up the process quite a bit," said Sheriff Lutz.

Owners have until November 2nd to register their animals on a restricted species list with the state. A full ban takes effect January 1, 2014.