Stories tagged with: exotic animals

April 17, 2012 - 7:00pm
3 years 6 weeks ago

The president of the United States Zoological Association believes exotic animal owner Terry Thompson did not take his own life....But was the victim of murder.

In a press conference posted on YouTube, Joe Schreibvogel said Thompson was murdered as part of a conspiracy to implement a ban on the private ownership of wild animals in the state. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz reacted to Shreibvogel's speculation.

"Far-fetched, would be one phrase. It really would not make a...

April 10, 2012 - 1:24pm
3 years 7 weeks ago

An animal owners group in Ohio says it’s now focused on stopping proposed regulations on exotic animals from becoming state law.  The Ohio Association of Animal Owners had been working with officials to help write a framework for legislation months before Muskingum County Sheriff’s Deputies were forced to kill dozens of dangerous animals let loose last fall from their cages by their suicidal owner Terry Thompson.  Now that legislation is before State Lawmakers, the...

March 22, 2012 - 12:46pm
3 years 10 weeks ago

Officials from Ohio Zoos and Humane Societies have told a State Senate panel they support a bill that would ban new ownership of exotic animals but question some of its provisions.  The main point of contention at the hearing this week was an exemption for members of a zoological association that one official described as an advocacy group for private animal owners.  Some officials questioned less restrictive regulations for snakes and an exception for a Massillon High School...

March 14, 2012 - 10:37am
3 years 11 weeks ago

State Senator Troy Balderson of Zanesville says he hopes a bill that would ban new ownership of exotic animals will prevent situations such as the one in Muskingum County last year that led to the killing of 48 animals that had been released by their owner Terry Thompson of Kopchak Road.  In a prepared statement for a Wednesday hearing on the bill, Balderson says he crafted the proposal after meeting with animal professionals, pet owners and animal welfare groups. ...

February 7, 2012 - 9:03am
3 years 16 weeks ago

The widow of Terry Thompson who released dozens of exotic animals that were killed by Sheriff’s Deputies is threatening to take legal action as she fights for custody of the five surviving creatures. The Columbus Zoo began caring for three leopards, two primates and a bear under state issued quarantine after the October release on Kopchak Road in Muskingum County. One of the leopards was euthanized 10 days after it was struck by a door lowering between two enclosures. An attorney for...

January 30, 2012 - 1:57pm
3 years 17 weeks ago

Zoo officials have euthanized a leopard that was among six creatures kept in Columbus since their suicidal owner – Terry Thompson of Kopchak Road – released dozens of exotic animals that were subsequently killed by Muskingum County Sheriff’s Deputies. The Columbus Zoo and the Ohio Department of Agriculture says a keeper was moving the male spotted leopard between enclosures Sunday when the animal unexpectedly reversed course as a door was being lowered. It was struck...

January 9, 2012 - 5:33pm
3 years 20 weeks ago

The Ohio Division of Wildlife said an animal footprint, found outside of Somerset on Sunday, did not belong to a lion.
The Perry County Sheriff's Office and Division of Wildlife officials investigated the report after receiving a call about a large unidentified footprint at a residence on township road 96.
Wildlife Communications Specialist, Lindsay Rist, said there was no evidence that the footprint belonged to a lion.
Rist did not specify what animal the footprint came from...

January 5, 2012 - 5:06pm
3 years 21 weeks ago

The Muskingum County Prosecutor’s Office says charges will be dropped against four Guernsey County men accused of trying to steal the carcass of a lion from Terry Thompson’s exotic animal farm – if the men complete 40 hours of community service. The lion was among dozens of animals killed by Muskingum County Sheriff’s Deputies in October after Thompson released them from the Kopchak Road farm in October, then committed suicide. Assistant Prosecutor Maria Kalis said...

November 23, 2011 - 6:25pm
3 years 27 weeks ago

The widow of Terry Thompson of Zanesville is appealing the State’s quarantine of the six surviving animals being held at the Columbus Zoo. The other animals were killed by Sheriff’s Deputies after Mr. Thompson released them and then killed himself last month. Marian Thompson’s Lawyer, Robert McClelland of Zanesville, requested a hearing in a letter to the Ohio Department of Agriculture this week. McClelland did not cite a specific reason. A department spokeswoman says...

November 21, 2011 - 11:58am
3 years 27 weeks ago

Ohio Governor John Kasich wants to halt exotic animal auctions and wonders why anyone owns wild animals like bears or primates. The Governor spoke of the ideas last month to a working group studying ways to change the state’s laws on exotic animals. The meeting minutes were released late last week.  The group sped up its work on recommendations after dozens of exotic animals were released last month by Terry Thompson at his Kopchak  Road farm, and then killed himself...

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