Owner Moving Exotic Animals Because Of State Law


UPDATED: Thursday October 4, 2012 6:32 PM

Four lions and four bears are being moved out of state ahead of Ohio’s new exotic animals law.

The new rules require exotic animals be registered with the state, have microchips inserted under their skin and have specified enclosures.

Owners have to comply with the rules by Nov.  5t.

Starting next year, they will also have to pay the state for permits for each animal.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, the unidentified owner of the animals decided to move them from Perry County to a sanctuary in Colorado.

The state passed legislation after more than four dozen animals were released from a farm in Muskingum County last October. 

Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed about 48 animals, including tigers and lions in one night to keep them from escaping the property.

Five animals were returned to that property this year.

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