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Officials Say Indiana Exotic Animal Laws Tougher Than Ohio’s

Officials say Indiana has strictures in place which should keep events like those in Zanesville, Ohio from happening.

Exotic Feline Rescue Center

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A tiger being cared for at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center.

After numerous exotic animals were set loose by a Zanesville, Ohio man before he took his own life, some are looking at the laws in Ohio regarding keeping exotic pets. Joe Taft with the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Clay County says Indiana requires state and federal permits to keep exotic animals.

“With either of those permits, you are inspected and your facilities are kept in certain conditions in accordance with certain regulations,” Taft says. “Where in Ohio, nobody knows, nobody looks, nobody cares.”

Taft says his organization had been keeping an eye on the Ohio center for the last year. Larry Battson, owner of Wildlife Educational Services in Greencastle, says he has doubts reports that a monkey that was set loose is actually carrying a virus, as officials have said.

“My question is who tested this monkey that says it has a virus? The possibility, one in a hundred, it might have a virus,” Battson says. “It’s another terror tactic that’s often done on these types of situations.”

Battson also says the wolves which went missing likely are  not a threat to humans, as they are normally shy creatures.

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