Stories tagged with: exotic animals

January 1, 2014 - 9:52pm
1 year 46 weeks ago

Following the release of dozens of exotic animals in 2011 by Muskingum County resident, Terry Thompson, Governor John Kasich created an exotic wild animal commission and new regulations and permit requirements have gone into effect with the start of the new year. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said the commission's main goal was to create a state wild animal response plan, and that the plan was given to Ohio's 88 counties to modify and make adjustments to fit the needs of each...

December 31, 2013 - 12:18pm
1 year 47 weeks ago

Ohio officials have issued no permits to owners of dangerous wild animals, though they are required to have them to keep their creatures starting Wednesday.  A spokesman for the State’s Department of Agriculture said seven applications have been completed, while another 30 are in progress. Erica Hawkins says the state expects to be receiving the applications into the New Year.  Officials also have 90 days to determine whether a potential permit holder meets Ohio’s new...

April 30, 2013 - 10:14am
2 years 29 weeks ago

A committee will soon work to put a wild animal release plan in place.

A dangerous wild animal response committee is being formed in Muskingum County. It brings together law enforcement, health officials, veterinarians and others to help create a plan for the county to follow in the event of an animal release.

The committee members must meet approval by county commissioners and the state before work can begin on an emergency plan.

"Hopefully by then the State plan will...

January 1, 2013 - 6:13pm
2 years 46 weeks ago

Within a year, there are thousands of news stories reported but only a handful of these stories stand out.

Narrowed down to the local top three, the first of these takes us back to June 29th when severe weather blew through our quiet city. The storm brought hail, strong winds and even a reported tornado in Tuscarawas County.

The damages were extensive as the wind caused numerous downed trees, ripped off shingles and in severe cases entire roofs. Thousands of people lost power and...

December 20, 2012 - 1:25pm
2 years 48 weeks ago

A Federal Judge has upheld Ohio’s new restrictions on exotic animals after several owners sued the state over the law.  The Judge in Columbus ruled Thursday the owners failed to prove constitutional rights were violated.  Seven owners had claimed the law forces then to join private associations with which they disagree and possible give up their animals without compensation.  They also challenged a requirement that animals be implanted with a microchip, which would allow...

December 10, 2012 - 1:05pm
2 years 50 weeks ago

An animal owner has told a Federal Judge that Ohio’s new regulations on exotic creatures would wipe out most of her business and put her animals’ lives in danger.  Cyndi Huntsman testified Monday that a requirement that animals receive a microchip for identification would put animals at risk because of sedation during surgery.  Huntsman owns Stump Hill Farms near Massillon.  She exhibits bears, lions and tigers to school children and the elderly through educational...

December 10, 2012 - 4:44am
2 years 49 weeks ago

A Federal Judge is scheduled to begin hearing testimony Monday in a lawsuit involving Ohio’s new law regulating dangerous wild animals.  Four owners filed the lawsuit in Columbus Federal Court last month contending the restrictions threaten their first amendment and property rights.  The owners claim the law forces them to join private associations and possibly give up their animals without compensation.  They also take issue with a requirement that the animals be...

November 28, 2012 - 5:23pm
2 years 51 weeks ago

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...

November 5, 2012 - 10:46am
3 years 2 weeks ago

The deadline has arrived for exotic animal owners in Ohio to register their creatures under a tougher law.  Monday’s registration deadline requires owners to say how many animals they have, there they are and who their veterinarian is, among other details.  About 40 owners including several zoos had registered their creatures with the state by last week and officials believe there are still more.  Current owners who want to keep their animals must obtain a new state-...

October 4, 2012 - 11:52am
3 years 7 weeks ago

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...

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