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<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/police-say-animals-escape-from-ohio-exotic-farm-that-houses-lions-bear/2011/10/18/gIQAVSOevL_story.html" target="_blank">http://www.washingtonpost.com/nation...evL_story.html</a><br><br><b>"By Associated Press, <span style="color:#6E6E6E;">Updated: Tuesday, October 18,</span> <span style="color:#CC131E;">10:48 PM</span></b><br><br><br>
ZANESVILLE, Ohio Dozens of animals escaped Tuesday from a wild-animal preserve that houses bears, big cats and other beasts, and the owner later was found dead there, said police, who shot several of the animals and urged nearby residents to stay indoors.<br>
The fences had been left unsecured at the Muskingum County Animal Farm in Zanesville, in east-central Ohio, and the animals cages were open, police said. They wouldnt say what animals escaped but said the preserve had lions, wolves, tigers, giraffes, camels and bears. They said bears and wolves were among 25 animals that had been shot and killed and there were multiple sightings of exotic animals along a highway."<br><br>
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This made me cry at the gym this morning. It makes me so sad- these poor animals<br><br><br>
I just saw on the news that the owner shot himself after opening up all the cages. What was he thinking?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Terry Thompson of Zanesville, Ohio, was found dead of unknown causes inside the preserve while the animals cages were found unsecured. Thompson, 61, was recently released from prison after serving one year on federal weapons charges. <b>According to investigators he has been cited in the past for animal abuse and neglect.</b></div>
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Ohio is one of those states that care more about the "right" of people to keep tigers in their basements than the lives of the animals or the community members. HSUS negotiated an exotic pet ban as part of their "Ohio agreement" , but it was scrapped as soon as the new governor took office.
 

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i just got on here to post the same link. this outrages me. why could these animals not be taken to some sort of sanctuary? why was gunning them down the only option? cruelty and ignorance strikes again. such a tragic story.
 

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According to MSNBC, the authorities are saying that they're "shooting to kill."<br><br>
Look, I completely understand that people's lives are endangered by these animals, so of course something has to be done. But this massacre is so disturbing to me. Apparently in one circumstance, they DID try to tranquilize a bengal tiger with a vet standing several yards away, but as soon as they fired the darts the tiger got up and started to run off. They were afraid of losing track of him so they "put him down."<br><br>
I'm trying really hard to understand the situation from the authorities' point of view, particularly since it's an emergency. And I recognize that it's probably much easier to use lethal firearms than to spend time obtaining enough tranquilizers to suppress a large number of powerful animals. But all the same. It's very upsetting.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Forster</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3017068"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
The tragedy is some idiot keeping dangerous "exotic" animals especially when there are neighbors around.</div>
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That is so true!! There shouldn't have been a possibility of this happening in the first place!<br><br>
But it's happened. And there HAS to be a more humane solution. Maybe a large-scale tranquilizing mission or something. It just hurts me to think about how they're handling things right now.
 

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From what I've heard on the news, it sounds as though the owner was the sole care-taker, and so I get the impression that it was more of a 'personal-zoo' than an actual reserve. These kinds of stories are so sad, especially because they can be so easily prevented by simply not keeping these animals. Poor things, being hunted down and killed...the situation was hardly their fault.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Forster</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3017068"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
The tragedy is some idiot keeping dangerous "exotic" animals especially when there are neighbors around.</div>
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exactly. this is wrong on so many levels
 

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Petition... for what it's worth in this case. ( But anytime animals are killed I always make sure whoever hear's from me about it!)<br>
Along with the web site to the trigger happy cops<br><br><a href="http://www.change.org/petitions/muskingum-county-sheriff-matt-lutz-httpwwwohiomuskingumsherifforg-stop-killing-the-animals-and-use-tranquilizers-instead" target="_blank">http://www.change.org/petitions/musk...lizers-instead</a>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>John Olexa</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3017126"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Petition... for what it's worth in this case. ( But anytime animals are killed I always make sure whoever hear's from me about it!)<br>
Along with the web site to the trigger happy cops<br><br><a href="http://www.change.org/petitions/muskingum-county-sheriff-matt-lutz-httpwwwohiomuskingumsherifforg-stop-killing-the-animals-and-use-tranquilizers-instead" target="_blank">http://www.change.org/petitions/musk...lizers-instead</a></div>
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It seems <i>highly unlikely</i> to me that shooting the wolves was necessary. Wolves in particular aren't nearly as dangerous as people make them out to be. This makes me mad.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Spoonerism</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3017162"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
It seems <i>highly unlikely</i> to me that shooting the wolves was necessary. Wolves in particular aren't nearly as dangerous as people make them out to be. This makes me mad.</div>
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Maybe not to people, but their pets won't fare so well. I'd rather have a wolf shot than have my dog killed by the wolf.
 

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The HSUS has set up a page with contact information for the Ohio governor and DNR. We need POLITE emails and phone calls to encourage Ohio to tighten up its lax restrictions and ban the keeping of large exotic animals as pets.<br><br><a href="http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/exotic_pets/ohio_ban_exotics_now.html" target="_blank">http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/...otics_now.html</a>
 

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The zoo owner reportedly released the animals & then committed suicide. I just don't even know what to say. My heart is broken.
 

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I was just reading this story and saying to the man, what a load of crap this all is. I find it hard to believe that so many of the animals needed to be killed. They said that they didn't have police (sheriff's dept) officers trained to use tranquilizers. What about the freaking DNR? I grew up in Michigan and the DNR there has loads of officers able to tranquilize deer, wolves, cougars, etc. I can't believe Ohio would be so very much different.<br><br>
I heard someone from the Detroit Zoo commenting on this today, saying that he too, was disappointed in the reaction of the authorities. There may have been some cases where shoot-to-kill was necessary, but certainly not 49 of the animals.<br><br>
Ugh. I get more angry the more I think about this.
 

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The HSUS has set up a page with contact information for the Ohio governor and DNR. We need POLITE emails and phone calls to encourage Ohio to tighten up its lax restrictions and ban the keeping of large exotic animals as pets.<br><br><a href="http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/exotic_pets/ohio_ban_exotics_now.html" target="_blank">http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/...otics_now.html</a></div>
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Thanks, done!
 

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Maybe not to people, but their pets won't fare so well. I'd rather have a wolf shot than have my dog killed by the wolf.</div>
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There are coyotes all over here and while a small dog or cat may be at risk because they look like a meal, they will generally not mess with a large dog or try to take over his territory. Wolves would be much the same. They should have tried harder to tranquilize ALL of the animals.
 

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You can contact the Gov if you have anthing you would like to say to him about this.<br><br><a href="http://governor.ohio.gov/Contact/ContacttheGovernor/tabid/83/OnSubmit/477/Default.aspx" target="_blank">http://governor.ohio.gov/Contact/Con...7/Default.aspx</a>
 

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Just UGH!!!!. I am sooooo disgusted about this!!<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">As of Wednesday afternoon, authorities had killed 49 animals -- 18 tigers, 17 lions, six black bears, two grizzly bears, three mountain lions, two wolves and a baboon. Another grizzly bear, three leopards and two monkeys had been captured and taken to a zoo</div>
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<br><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/19/us/ohio-animals-on-loose/index.html?hpt=hp_t1" target="_blank">http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/19/us/ohi...html?hpt=hp_t1</a><br><br>
18 Tigers! 18!
 
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