Officials work to get exotics owners registered

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials are continuing to work with owners of exotic animals to help them register their creatures with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Owners faced a Nov. 5 deadline to complete their registrations under a new law. But the state agriculture department says about 30 registrations covering roughly 200 animals met the deadline but contained errors or omissions.

An agency spokeswoman said Friday the biggest issue is that some owners haven't implanted their animals with a microchip containing information to help identify them if they got lost or escaped. The department is working to help those owners find veterinarians to perform the task.

A list of registrations obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request show that at least 114 private owners have successfully registered with the state.

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