Gov. John Kasich issues order on exotic animal rules

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gov. John Kasich has cleared the way for Ohio to enforce temporary rules set by a board that was created under the state's new law on exotic animals.

The Dangerous and Restricted Animals Advisory Board established interim rules for cage sizes and the caretaking of regulated animals, such as alligators, cougars and lions. Kasich signed an executive order Tuesday that enables the Ohio Department of Agriculture to adopt the rules immediately.

The advisory board decides the proper thickness of the animals' cages and how they should be maintained, among other requirements. Kasich's order says animal owners will have 90 days to comply with the rules once they're adopted.

More permanent standards will be put in place when new state permits are required in 2014.

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