Governor John Kasich has signed an order for Ohio to enforce temporary rules set by a board that was created under the state’s new law on exotic animals.
The Dangerous and Restricted Animals Advisory Board has established interim rules for the caretaking of regulated exotic animals, the rules will be adopted immediately by the state.
Another board, the Dangerous Wild Animal State Emergency Response Commission is tasked with creating a state-wide emergency response plan to handle loose or dangerous wild animals. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz is a member of that commission which has been meeting regularly to establish a plan.
"Hopefully that state plan will be distributed to the 88 counties. The counties can then take them and kind of tweak them to fit their personnel to fit their environments, their criteria and then put them in place to have a county wide plan, so hopefully, that’s our big goal," said Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz.
The commission will continue meeting until a proactive plan has been established.
"Our job is to figure out what’s going wrong, figure out what we need to fix it and then figure out ways to get those things to fix it," said Sheriff Lutz.
The next meeting will take place in December.