Exotic animals

Appeals Court Panel Upholds Exotic Animal Law

Mar 4, 2014

A three-judge panel at the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has upheld the state's new law on exotic animal ownership.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz is in Washington today to brief officials considering a bill that would restrict the private ownership and breeding of lions, tigers and other exotic animals.

A state panel has approved spending up to $3.5 million for a facility that could temporarily hold dozens of exotic animals confiscated under a new Ohio law. 

The state wants to build a zoo like facility that would temporarily house the exotic animals that will be confiscated under a new state law that is about to take affect. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles, Erika Pitchford of the Ohio Department of Agriculture explains why the state is looking at this option.