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5 Exotic Animals That Survived Ohio Release Moved

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The widow of a man who released dozens of lions, tigers and other animals shortly before committing suicide is moving the surviving animals to another Ohio farm.
1:51PM
February
5, 2014

The widow of an exotic animal owner who released dozens of creatures from their eastern Ohio farm before killing himself has told state officials she relocated the surviving animals to another farm in the state.

Owners Of Exotic Animals Can Soon Get Ohio Permits

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In October, 2011 farm owner Terry Thompson released dozens of lions, tigers and other animals shortly before committing suicide. The incident pushed state lawmakers to tighten restrictions on owning exotic animals.
3:51PM
September
27, 2013

Keeping bears, tigers, jaguars or other exotic animals in Ohio will soon require a new state-issued permit.

Animals, Equipment Up For Auction At Zanesville Farm

COLUMBUS ZOO EXOTIC RESCUE
One of three panthers rescued by the Columbus Zoo from Terry Thompson's farm near Zanesville.
10:37AM
August 14, 2013

Petting zoo equipment and ponies will be up for auction from the estate of a suicidal man who released dozens of exotic animals in Muskingum County almost two years ago.

Ohio Panel OKs New Rules For Exotic Animals

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In October, 2011 farm owner Terry Thompson released dozens of lions, tigers and other animals shortly before committing suicide. The incident pushed state lawmakers to tighten restrictions on owning exotic animals.
12:25PM
June
12, 2013

New guidelines regulating exotic animals in Ohio will require owners to meet new caging, safety and caretaking standards.

Exotic Animal Owners In Ohio Appeal Restrictions

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One of the animals taken from a Muskingum county exotic animal farm in 2011. Farm owner Terry Thompson released dozens of other lions, tigers and other animals shortly before committing suicide. The incident pushed state lawmakers to tighten restrictions on owning exotic animals.
9:44PM
June
1, 2013

Several owners of exotic animals in Ohio are telling a federal appeals court that a new state law unreasonably infringes on their right to keep their creatures.

State Gives Preview Of Exotic Animal Facility

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The $2.9 million, 20,000 square foot facility will store animals confiscated under Ohio's new exotic animal law.
8:59AM
March
1, 2013

A state agency on Thursday took reporters to a place where few people have been – and even fewer will go in the future: The state’s new exotic animal facility in Reynoldsburg.

Year In Review: The Biggest Bills To Clear The Legislature In 2012

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7:26AM
December 24, 2012

Ohio lawmakers debated hundreds of proposals this year and gave approval to dozens. WOSU has this look back at the year’s biggest bills.

Columbus Federal Judge Upholds Ohio’s New Exotic Animal Law

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Marian Thompson (pink shirt) leans into the crate that holds a brown bear that she reclaimed from the state . Thompson's deceased husband freed 50 exotic animals before committing suicide in October of 2011, prompting a new state law.
12:19PM
December
20, 2012

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.

Exotic Animal Board To Hold First Meeting

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One of the animals taken last year from a Muskingum county exotic animal farm. Terry Thompson released dozens of other lions, tigers and other animals shortly before committing suicide. The incident pushed state lawmakers to tighten restrictions on owning exotic animals.
11:53AM
October
29, 2012

A newly formed board created by Ohio’s law on exotic animals is slated to meet this week to discuss caging standards and requirements for dangerous wildlife.

Sheriff In Washington To Support Exotic Animal Bill

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Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz (left) at a press conference with the Columbus Zoo's Jack Hanna on the morning Terry Thompson released dozens of exotic animals shortly before committing suicide.
8:51AM
September
20, 2012

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz oversaw the response to a massive exotic animal release near Zanesville last year.