exotic animals

Statewide News
12:20 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Ohio Panel OKs New Rules for Exotic Animals

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

The new rules were reviewed and OK'd Wednesday by the state's legislative rule-setting committee.

The regulations come as the state prepares to begin issuing new permits this fall to owners. Permit holders must obtain the authorization document by 2014 to keep their dangerous wildlife.

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Statewide News
5:44 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Ohio Board Sets Caging Rules for Exotic Animals

A newly formed board created by Ohio's law on exotic animals has set temporary rules for cage sizes and caretaking of the dangerous wildlife.

The Dangerous and Restricted Animals Advisory Board met for the first time Wednesday to establish interim housing rules for regulated animals, such as alligators, cougars and lions. A legislative panel would have to approve the rules.

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Statewide News
9:01 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Ohio House Panel OKs Exotic Animal Regulation Plan

Tasha, an Amur Leopard, in Heaven's Corner - an exotic animal sanctuary in West Alexandria Ohio

An Ohio House committee has approved legislation outlining new regulations on exotic animal ownership, paving the way for a full House vote on the measure.

The Senate passed the bill last month. The Columbus Dispatch reports a House panel made several changes before approving it in a 17-4 vote late Wednesday.

The bill now includes more monkeys on the list of creatures that would have to be registered. It also says the authority to expand the list of restricted species would go to the Legislature instead of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

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Statewide News
1:26 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Ohio Officials Consider Release of Exotic Animals

Ohio officials are considering the request of an animal owner's widow for the return of five exotic animals that survived an October release.

The state Agriculture Department meets today to review Marian Thompson's appeal of a state-issued quarantine of the animals.

Officials are expected to defend the state's authority to hold them on suspicion of infectious diseases.

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Statewide News
9:26 am
Thu March 8, 2012

New Exotic Animals Rules to be Introduced in Ohio


An Ohio lawmaker plans today to introduce a proposal to ban new ownership of exotic animals.

State Sen. Troy Balderson's office says the measure would also prohibit people from acquiring additional dangerous wildlife. Zoos, circuses, sanctuaries and research facilities would be exempt.

Owners of lions, tigers and other large animals would be banned in 2014 from keeping the creatures unless they met strict care standards.

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