Ohio Exotic Animal Facility Prepares For New Law


UPDATED: Sunday June 30, 2013 10:20 PM

Ohio's $2.9 million facility for exotic animals hasn't been used much in the four months since it opened, with two black bears and five alligators briefly called home before being moved to out-of-state sanctuaries.

But business at the suburban Columbus facility will pick up in six months when the state's exotic-animal law goes into full effect on Jan. 1.

Ohio Agriculture Director David Daniels tells The Columbus Dispatch that the state is ready.

Authorities can begin seizing people's animals in January if they fail to obtain permits for their exotic animals, a process that includes paying to implant microchips.

The law comes after a Zanesville man released dozens of his animals in 2011 before committing suicide.

Authorities killed most of the animals, including black bears, Bengal tigers and African lions, fearing for the public's safety.

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