Ohio Exotic Animal Owner Forced to Move Pets Out-of-State.

October 15, 2012

Dog Bites

Ohio exotic animal lawOhio’s new regulation on exotic animals is already affecting exotic pet owners.

Recently, an exotic animal owner near Columbus, Ohio stated she was going to have to ship upwards of 8 exotic animals out of Ohio.  The owner stated that because she could not comply with Ohio’s new, strict guidelines for harboring exotic animals, she will have to transport her exotic pets to a sanctuary in Colorado.  The animals are reported to include 4 tigers and 4 bears.

The new Ohio Exotic Animal Law bans ownership, sale and trade of exotic animals in the state.  This includes animals like bears, tigers and certain snakes.  If an animal of this caliber was owned prior to the law being enacted, the owner could be grandfathered in, so long as they registered the animal with the Ohio Agriculture Department.  The 60-day registration window opened up on September 5th.  If animals are not registered by the end of the period, there are fines, penalties and jail-time that accompany the charge of a 1st degree misdemeanor.

Because transfer of animals without approval is a violation, the Ohio Department of Agriculture assisted the animal owner in finding and transporting the exotic animals.  The laws became more harsh after an incident last year when a suicidal Ohio man released several exotic and dangerous animals into the wild.  Several of the animals had to be terminated in order to preserve public safety.

If you are a loved one has become the victim of an animal attack or dog attack anywhere in Ohio, please contact us for a free consultation by calling 1-888-321-0274. Our attorneys have extensive experience with dog bites and animal attacks in Ohio and will provide you with valuable feedback and guidance about your animal or dog bite case. You can also send us a message by visiting our website at dogbitesohio.com.

Source:  http://woub.org/2012/10/09/ohio-owner-relocates-exotic-animals-sanctuary

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