Stories tagged with: exotic animals

November 2, 2011 - 12:56pm
3 years 38 weeks ago

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz says he spent $8500 dollars handling the escape of Terry Thompson’s dangerous animals last month. The Sheriff told a working group studying the exotic animal’s law that the cost was for his department only. The figure is contained in minutes of the group’s October 24th meeting. Lutz’s deputies were forced to kill 48 wilds animals including bears, lions and endangered Bengal tigers after Thompson freed them late in the afternoon of...

November 1, 2011 - 3:52pm
3 years 39 weeks ago

A member of Ohio’s study committee on exotic animals says the group will likely recommend a ban on private ownership of bears, big cats and other dangerous animals and subject future buyers and sellers to penalties. Debbie Leahy of the Humane Society of the United States told the Associated Press Tuesday that current owners would likely be allowed to keep animals but face new permit rules. The working group has until the end of November to draft permanent legislation. Their work was...

October 31, 2011 - 1:59pm
3 years 39 weeks ago

Ohio’s State Veterinarian says testing of a half-dozen exotic animals from Muskingum County that survived release after their owner Terry Thompson killed himself won’t begin for several weeks. Dr. Tony Forshey said Monday the animals must be anesthetized to have blood drawn. He’s worried they’re too weak to survive the procedure. The Columbus Zoo is caring for three Leopards, two Monkeys and a young Grizzly bear taken from Thompson’s farm two weeks ago after he...

October 28, 2011 - 6:26pm
3 years 39 weeks ago

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Some Perry County residents are nervous over a Madison Township property housing exotic animals... Following last week's incident in Muskingum County at Terry Thompson's farm.

Perry County Sheriff William Barker said he has been keeping a sharp eye on the Township Road 106 property. At last count the Sheriff said homeowner Andrea Morris had four bears and four lions. But he believes there has...

October 22, 2011 - 7:15pm
3 years 40 weeks ago

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In light of the recent incident where nearly 50 exotic animals lost their life, a tattoo shop in South Zanesville invites the community to show their support of the surviving animals.

Of the all the animals released by Terry Thompson, only 6 survived and are now being cared for by the Columbus Zoo. Owner of Yellow Rose Tattoo Billy White will donate 100% of proceeds...

October 20, 2011 - 12:37pm
3 years 40 weeks ago

Sheriff Matt Lutz spoke to media outlets Thursday morning to wrap up the release of exotic animals and the death of their owner Terry Thompson.

Sheriff Lutz said a coroner's report confirms that Thompson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and that he suffered a bite to his head that appeared to have come from a large cat, like a bengal tiger just moments later. In all 56 animals were on the property, 48 were killed by law enforcement, one was killed by a cat and six were...

October 20, 2011 - 7:17am
3 years 40 weeks ago

The Columbus Zoo said the animals taken from Thompson's Farm in Zanesville are doing well.

The young grizzly bear, two Celebes Macaques Monkeys and three Leopards that were rescued are being housed at the zoo's C. Joseph Cross Animal Health Center where they are receiving around the clock care and monitoring in order to assess their condition and ease their transition.

Zoo Spokesperson Patty Peters said that the situation has been difficult for both the staff of the Wilds and the...

October 20, 2011 - 5:20am
3 years 40 weeks ago

The search for exotic animals in Southeast Ohio is still active but is getting closer to the end.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said Thursday Morning that a monkey believed to be the last animal missing at the Thompson Farm, may have been killed by another animal on the property after their release Tuesday.

Sheriff Lutz said Wednesday the monkey was believed to be carrying Herpes B. Officials from the Wilds said the monkey, if loose, would be considered highly...

October 19, 2011 - 2:59pm
3 years 40 weeks ago

Once it was reported that there were wild animals on the loose people were asking what they could expect if they ran into one. There were sightings in multiple areas.

In Licking County the sheriff's office reported four calls to their office about exotic animals on the east end of the county. Perry County Sheriff's Office also reported a wolf near State Route 668 and Interstate 70. Wildlife expert Jack Hanna said Tuesday's rain would slow down the animals.

"This is not a...

October 19, 2011 - 2:33pm
3 years 40 weeks ago

The incident involving the animals has brought to light exactly what is the law in Ohio.

Wildlife expert Jack Hanna said the laws concerning exotic animals in the state are week. He explained the state had a bill from former Gov. Ted Strickland that would toughen the laws and Hanna said it was six weeks from passing.

The new rules would regulate how the law would be enforced, who will inspect places and how to shut down exotic animal auctions. State Representative Brian Hill...

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