Stories tagged with: Exotic Animal Escape

October 18, 2012 - 3:55pm
1 year 40 weeks ago

One year ago, suicidal owner Terry Thompson released dozens of wild animals from his Kopchak Road farm. Now, Ohio has tighter restrictions for owning exotic animals.

Owners are required to register their animals with the state. The law also bans people from buying and selling dangerous wild animals. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz, who oversaw the response to the animals release, says this is a step in the right direction.

"We didn't have anything in place a year ago and...

December 22, 2011 - 6:28pm
4 years 7 weeks ago

The Muskingum County Coroner has released the final report on Terry Thompson, the Kopchak road man who released dozens of wild animals before committing suicide.

The findings show that Thompson had no alcohol or illegal drugs in his system. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz reacted to the release of the autopsy report.

"I think the biggest key there was for everybody was wanting to know if there were any drugs or alcohol in his system, and again that doesn't really get too...

October 27, 2011 - 3:56pm
4 years 15 weeks ago

The six exotic animals rescued from Terry Thompson's Farm in Muskingum County will not be returned to the Thompson family- at least for now.

The Office of Governor John Kasich said the State Department of Agriculture has ordered the animals to be quarantined. Officials want to be sure the animals are disease free before they are released. That's instead of transferring them from the Columbus Zoo to Thompson's wife, Marian, who planned to reclaim them and possibly take them to a...

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