Panel Accepts Changes To Exotic Animal Rules


An Ohio Senate committee has accepted a slew of changes to a measure aimed at regulating exotic animals in the state, 10TV’s Chuck Strickler reported Tuesday.

The Senate's agriculture panel agreed to revisions Tuesday that include easing rules for snake ownership and exempting certain service monkeys who helped the disabled. The changes would exempt animals from a required microchip implantation if it would endanger their health.

It would ban new ownership of exotic animals while allowing current owners to keep their pets by obtaining a new state-issued permit by 2014 and meeting other conditions.

The measure follows the October release of dozens of exotic animals by their suicidal owner from Zanesville, forcing authorities to kill 48 animals.

Patrick Callahan said that he thought it was unfair to base legislation on the Zanesville event.

“I do work with lions and tigers, but I’m a little nervous around legislators,” Callahan said.

Gwen Myers pushed lawmakers to approve the bill, Strickler reported.

“Animal ownership is a responsibility, one that comes with not only an obligation to provide for reasonable and thoughtful care of animals, but also an obligation to our fellow humans to not unnecessarily endanger their safety,” Myers said.

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March 22, 2012: Exotic Animals Tested, Fate To Be Decided Soon

February 7, 2012: Wife Of Man Who Released Animals, Killed Self Wants Animals Back

January 30, 2012: Leopard Released In Zanesville Euthanized After Spinal Cord Injury At Zoo

January 18, 2012: Report: Zanesville Man 'Distraught' Before Releasing Exotic Animals

December 22, 2011: Final Autopsy Released For Zanesville Man Who Freed Exotic Animals

November 10, 2012: Muskingum Co. Exotic Animal Owner's Weapon Inventory Brought Federal Charges

November 4, 2011 First Video Released Moments After Exotic Animals Set Free

October 27, 2011: Ohio Department Of Agriculture Quarantines Exotic Animals At Zoo

October 19, 2011: Schools Close After Animals Escape Muskingum Co. Exotic Animal Farm

October 19, 2011: Rescued Exotic Animals Arrive At Zoo

October 19, 2012: Residents Come Dangerously Close To Escaped Animals

October 19, 2012: Sheriff: Deputies Had To Shoot Escaped Animals To Kill