UPDATE: Exotic Animal Owners in Ohio Appeal Court Decision

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 3/31/2014 2:45 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Exotic animal owners in Ohio are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision that upheld the state's restrictions on exotic animals.

The owners sued the state over the regulations, arguing that the law violates their free speech and free association rights.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati court ruled against the owners earlier this month.

Ohio says the rules address animal welfare, public health and public safety concerns associated with private ownership of dangerous wild animals.

The new law requires owners to get a new state-issued permit by Jan. 1 of this year. They also must pass background checks, pay fees, obtain liability insurance or surety bonds and show they can properly contain and care for the animal.

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UPDATE 12/31/2013 12:10 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio officials issued no permits to owners of dangerous wild animals, though they are required to have them to keep their creatures starting Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the state's Department of Agriculture said seven applications have been completed, while another 30 are in progress. Erica Hawkins says the state expects to be receiving the applications into the new year.

Officials also have 90 days to determine whether a potential permit holder meets Ohio's new restrictions on certain snakes and animals.

The permits are among the last pieces of the state's exotic animal crackdown to take effect. Other provisions, such as a ban on buying new animals, have been in place since 2012.

Efforts to strengthen the law increased after a suicidal owner released dozens of exotic animals in 2011.

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UPDATE 10/2/2013 2:18 P.M.

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) - Ohio is encouraging owners of exotic animals to act sooner rather than later in applying for the new state-issued permit they'll be required to have starting next year.

The window to apply opened Tuesday as the final parts of the state's crackdown on dangerous wild animals set in for people that keep bears, tigers, jaguars or other such creatures. A Department of Agriculture spokeswoman says no complete applications were received on the first day.

Owners who don't breed animals will apply for a wildlife shelter permit. They must pass a background check and pay fees ranging from $250 to more than $1,000.

Ohio officials can seize the animals if owners are found housing them without a permit beginning next year.

Breeders and rescue facilities also will need permits.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Keeping bears, tigers, jaguars or other exotic animals in Ohio will soon require a new state-issued permit.

Owners can start applying for the permits Tuesday, as the final parts of the state's crackdown on dangerous wild animals sets in.

Owners who don't breed animals will apply for a wildlife shelter permit. They must pass a background check and pay fees from $250 to more than $1,000.

Ohio officials can seize the animals if owners are found housing them without a permit starting next year.

The state's law was strengthened following the release of dozens of animals including lions and tigers by their suicidal owner in 2011.

Breeders and rescue facilities also will need permits.

Some sanctuaries, circuses, research institutions and accredited facilities are exempted.

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