PATASKALA, Ohio (AP) -- A proposed bill that would ban new ownership of exotic animals in Ohio and require permits for existing owners has some fearing they'll have to euthanize pets or leave the state.
The Zanesville Times Recorder reports (http://ohne.ws/Har1pq) dozens of owners met this weekend with state Sen. Tim Schaffer, a Lancaster Republican. Media was prohibited from the Saturday meeting conducted by The Fair Animal Industry Regulations group.
Outside, Keith Campbell, co-owner of Hillview Exotics asked, "If they come after my foxes and birds, what will they come after next?" Carol Bohning, owner of Butternut Farm Wildcat Sanctuary, says she and many others would move if the state tried to take their animals.
The bill comes in response to the October release outside Zanesville of dozens of wild animals by their suicidal owner. Most of those pets were killed by police.
Information from: Times Recorder, http://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com