33% Exotic Animals Owners Lacks Permit in Ohio

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.”

  • glebec

    The grammar makes my teeth hurt. The law became effective, not “was enforced.” The law was passed or enacted, not “enforced.” Enforced means that someone inspected these facilities and those without permits were either arrested or cited and fined. Grrrr…

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  • MARY

    Oh and not to mention pythons and other big spooky creatures that get loose by accident or otherwise and end up eating toddlers alive. Remember this happened not so very long ago.
    Even here in Canada many own snakes several metres long and have no permits and keep
    them in their clothes dryers and the like. I know this from firsthand experience! Weird and
    not wonderful! More like worrisome.

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  • Cgar

    This should not be allowed.