Ohio cracking down on private ownership of exotic pets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich has put temporary measures in place to crack down on private ownership of dangerous wild animals while tougher laws are written this fall.

Some animal owner groups have welcomed last week's order. It directs the state to work with health departments and humane societies to better enforce existing laws.

Others have blasted it as not going far enough. The Humane Society of the United States says it would have preferred a ban on the purchase and sale of exotic animals. That's what Kasich's predecessor, Ted Strickland, ordered before leaving office in January.

Sparring over Kasich's approach comes after dozens of lions, bears and tigers were shot to death by police in Zanesville two weeks ago after their owner freed them and then killed himself.


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