You may strut about being an owner of exotic animals but have scant knowledge that you need to get a permit from the Ohio Department of Agriculture!
It is three months since the law has been enforced and the permits are one of the endeavors of the state to come down hard on private ownership of exotic animals. The law was enforced after the release of numerous wild animals by a suicidal and deranged owner in a farm in Ohio, Zanesville. Most of the wild animals had to be killed by authorities as a precaution to protect public. The exotic animals included black bears, Bengal Tigers, and African Lions.
Owners in Ohio are required to obtain state permits from 1 January if they want to keep exotic animals as pets. The Agriculture Department has already issued 51 permits and has over 82 applications pending. Permits have been withheld for 23 owners. Another 8 applications were dropped because of death or relinquishment of the animals to the state.
The delay in issuing the permits is caused by the owners who try to meet the stringent caging standards which will have to be enforced before the permits are issues. The pets will also have to have microchips implanted on their body so that they can be easily tracked in event they escape from their abodes.
The applications also include a person who has 96 animals which includes 32 tigers and 28 lions. Another lists two white Bengal tigers, a pair of American alligators and three Syrian brown bears among the 21 animals on the property.
The process of obtaining a permit is relatively simple. Owners have to pass a pass a background check, pay fees, obtain liability insurance or surety bonds and explain how they intend to care for their animals. The property of the owner must be in excess of 1 acre and signs must be posted on their property to alert people informing “dangerous wild animals are there.”