Wildlife advocate weighs in on animal seizure

MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – Tim Harrison with Outreach for Animals joined Robert Lowrey on Five on 2 to talk about Ohio’s exotic animals law.

On Wednesday, law enforcement raided a home in the 7800 block of Preble County Line Road in German Township. The Ohio Department of Agriculture says four bears were taken because the owner was not in compliance with the law.

Harrison says the law is in place to protect animals and people and he believes it is more than fair. It requires animal owners to register with the state, have insurance, a permit and to microchip their animals.

“If you have a large, dangerous, wild exotic animal in your home and you start to question yourself, please do not turn it loose, also. Please do not cause the animals to die,” he said. “We have places for them to go.”

The bears seized Wednesday will be taken to a temporary facility in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, where they will be cared for by staff.


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