Exotic pet owners in Ohio are not quite sure what to do with their Lions, Tigers, and Bears, among all the other exotic and dangerous animals because the state is unsure if they must be removed.
Yes, there are people in Ohio who own African Lions, Vipers, Alligators and Bears, but state authorities are not sure whether those animals must be relinquished.
Ohio enacted a law in 2014, requiring owners to get a permit, so authorities began cracking down on unregistered animals. Among some of the pets that require a permit are bobcats, bears, alligators, cobras, rattlesnakes and tigers.
It’s even more surprising that Ohio just enacted a law requiring permits last year according to LinkedIn.
Many owners were responsive and complied with state requirements, and others ignored the warnings.
The more treacherous animals such as the bears, bobcat, and seven tigers were removed from homes. But Ohio’s agriculture department instructed owners to keep the animals, and continue with their care.
Apparently, a suicidal owner released his animals in 2011. Among them were tigers and lions. Before then, I suppose these dangerous animals remained on the low and supposedly no one knew, but how can a neighbor or a mailman miss that many large animals.
As for the animals that were seized by the state, owners are in court demanding the animals be returned.