George Hiotis

State Helping Relocate Exotic Animals

by George Hiotis on October 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm

The State of Ohio is helping a Perry County woman find a new out-of-state home for eight exotic animals because she can’t meet the requirements of the new law for keeping them.  State Agriculture Department spokeswoman Erica Pitchford Hawkins says the State is assisting the unnamed woman with relocating the four lions and four bears to a sanctuary in Colorado.  She said the State is not bearing any of the cost of the transfer.  The Columbus Dispatch reports that at least some of the animals previously belonged to suicidal owner Terry Thompson who released dozens of exotic animals from his Muskingum County property last fall.