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Wife Of Man Who Released Exotic Animals In Ohio Wants The Survivors Back

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After the release (and then slaughter) of the 50 exotic animals in Ohio, law makers have been swayed to make some changes when it comes to exotic animal ownership.

One person, apparently unswayed, is the wife of the deceased man who freed the animals.

She wants four of the six surviving animals, a grizzly bear and three leopards, back in her custody.

The animals are in temporary quarantine at the Columbus Zoo.

PETA has sent letters to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and to the local prosecutor, asking them not to return the animals to her until they investigate the living conditions of the animals.

There had been allegations of neglect, filthy living conditions, insufficient food, water and/or shade. It's also possible the animals were obtained illegally, without the proper permits.

All of that aside, there are nearly $70,000 in liens on the woman and her property, which would make it pretty hard to be able to afford to take care of the animals properly.

Let's hope Ohio does the right thing and finds these animals a real home, where they can receive proper care, from professionals.

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