Exotic Animals Law

A state appeals court has sided with the Ohio Department of Agriculture in its legal battle with the former owner of six tigers and several other exotic animals.

The owner of the Tiger Ridge exotic animal farm in Stony Ridge is preparing to see the 11 animals seized by the state earlier this year. 

A judge who enabled the seizure of five tigers and five other exotic animals from a northeast Ohio farm via a warrant and later ordered their return is fighting with the state about who has jurisdiction over such transfers. 

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is asking the state Controlling Board to approve an additional 500 thousand dollars to adequately care for exotic animals seized or surrendered under the state's recently enacted crackdown.

An attorney for seven animal owners in Ohio says they will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after a federal appeals court refused to rehear the owners' challenge to the state's law on dangerous, wild 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.

Judge Upholds Exotic Animals Law

Dec 20, 2012

A federal judge says today Ohio’s law regulating the ownership of exotic-animals is constitutional.

A Federal judge has ruled in favor of allowing the Humane Society of the United States to join the state in defending Ohio's new law regulating exotic animals.

State officials say safety has increased under tighter restrictions for owning exotic animals.