ZANESVILLE, OH - OCTOBER 19: A barn stands on the property from where exotic animals escaped a wildlife preserve October 19, 2011 in Zanesville, Ohio. Muskingum County Animal Farm owner Terry Thompson was found dead Tuesday evening after deputies received calls reporting wild animals on the loose west of Zanesville. Authorities suspect that Thompson set the animals loose and then took his own life. Approximately 30 of the animals from the farm were shot and killed as a team of more than 50 officials patrolled the area Tuesday night in search of exotic animals such as lions, tigers, cheetahs, wolves and bears. (Photo by Jay LaPrete/Getty Images)
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Road closed in Zanesville because of concerns of exotic animals  
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ZANESVILLE, OH - OCTOBER 19: A truck and trailer owned by the The Wilds, a wildlife conservation center, leaves the property where exotic animals escaped October 19, 2011 in Zanesville, Ohio. Muskingum County Animal Farm owner Terry Thompson was found dead Tuesday evening after deputies received calls reporting wild animals on the loose west of Zanesville. Authorities suspect that Thompson set the animals loose and then took his own life. Approximately 30 of the animals from the farm were shot and killed as a team of more than 50 officials patrolled the area Tuesday night in search of exotic animals such as lions, tigers, cheetahs, wolves and bears. (Photo by Jay LaPrete/Getty Images)
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Exotic animals returned to Marian Thompson, of Zanesville, on Friday May 4, 2012. WEWS
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Exotic animals returned to Marian Thompson, of Zanesville, on Friday May 4, 2012. WEWS
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Exotic animals returned to Marian Thompson, of Zanesville, on Friday May 4, 2012. WEWS
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Exotic animals returned to Marian Thompson, of Zanesville, on Friday May 4, 2012. WEWS
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Exotic animals returned to Marian Thompson, of Zanesville, on Friday May 4, 2012. WEWS
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Horses loose at Ohio farm where exotic animals escaped

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio - A sheriff says his office is investigating after horses repeatedly escaped from the Ohio farm where dozens of exotic animals were released by their suicidal owner and later killed by authorities last fall.

Two surviving leopards, two primates and a bear were returned to the owner's widow and the farm near Zanesville this month. That left some people concerned because nothing in Ohio law allows state officials to check on the animals' welfare.

Last week, horses were reported outside the farm three days in a row. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz tells WBNS-TV he's concerned because horses on roadways could cause crashes. He says his office is monitoring the situation but isn't using it as a roundabout way to check on the exotic animals at the farm.

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