Ohio state law required all exotic pet owners in the state to obtain a permit for their pets by January 1, 2014. Despite the generous deadline given to the owners, as many as 1 out of 3 are estimated to have not received their permits yet. All of this regulation came about after scores of lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!) where released into the public by an exotic zoo owner a few years ago. The owner who released his pets into the town’s neighborhood was suicidal, and did not want his pets to starve to death in their enclosures. The ensuing chaos caused police to hunt down his exotic animals and shoot most of them before they could harm the civilian population. His wild cats and bears prowled neighborhoods as people his in fear at home.
Nearly 1/3 Of Ohio’s Exotic Pet Owners Have No Permit Despite Deadline
The state’s Department of Agriculture estimates that of the 82 applications they received for exotic pet permits, that they still have to issue about 23 of them. Some of these permits still require the department’s approval, or are awaiting further information about the animals. Another major area that is complicating the permit process is that all exotic pet owners are being required by the state’s law to obtain liability insurance or a bond before the permits can be issued. Some of the pet’s owners are either struggling to find companies who will issue the required insurance, or affordable rates that would allow them to still keep their pets.
One of the unpermitted owners has almost 100 wild animals, making their compliance process even more complicated. The cost of insuring that many animals can be prohibitive, and many owners do not wish to give up pets that they have owned for many years. The struggle to comply with state law, and keep emotions intact has been difficult for some owners. There have been many exotic pet owners that have either relocated themselves or their animals to other states, or even surrendered their animals to the state. While the process proves difficult for some, there are still many other states that will not even allow such animals to be kept as pets, making Ohio one of the few places where you can legally do so.
For more information on Ohio’s Dangerous Wild Animal Act, you can read here.
Nearly 1/3 Of Ohio’s Exotic Pet Owners Have No Permit Despite Deadline.