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Exotic Animals Taken Down by Police

Exotic Animals Taken Down by Police

The owner of an Ohio farm with exotic animals like tigers, lions and bears died recently and somehow several of the animals got loose. An Ohio news outlet reported a cheetah, lion, and tiger were roaming the streets of Zanesville. Police were following orders to kill them with guns, but staff from the Columbus Zoo were also trying to tranquilize the same animals in order to relocate them.

“Every month brings a new, bizarre, almost surreal incident involving privately held dangerous wild animals. In recent years, Ohioans have died and suffered injuries because the state hasn’t stopped private citizens from keeping dangerous wild animals as pets or as roadside attractions,” said Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society.  (CNN.com)

If you haven’t been following animal ownership issues in Ohio, what he is referring to is the need to regulate exotic animals there, where the lack of regulation leads to problems such as a bear-mauling that left an employee dead on the property of Sam Mazzola, who is notorious for owning many exotic animals.

A woman who lived near the private animal facility said she once heard a lion roaring all night and she was afraid for her children. No one knows how secure or insecure the fences were on the property, and if the former owner was even cognizant of the state of his own animals. Previously he had been on trial for animal cruelty when his cattle starved to death.

There may have been 51 exotic  animals on his farm. A number of them were shot and killed by police, who first showed up without tranquilizers for some reason. Also, it sounds like law enforcement arrived on the scene before Columbus Zoo staff were alerted to the situation, when they should have been first to assess the animals condition and  could have made plans to relocate them.

MSNBC published a photo of one of the lions that was still behind a fence when the officers shot and killed it, but what did the  lion do to deserve that? One law enforcement official said they had to shoot and kill a tiger because it was ‘going crazy,’ but that is exactly the kind of non-scientific, unprofessional interpretation  that results in violence against animals. A more informed and rational explanation came from a Columbus zoo manager who said the animals were probably panicking due to the sudden appearance of a multitude of strangers with guns and the gunshots.

Law enforcement officials clearly are not the appropriate first responders for animal situations, because there are too many cases where they jump to the conclusion the only option is to shoot and kill animals that sometimes are completely innocent and pose no threat to anyone. Also, in cases where the animals are dangerous, there is an option to tranquilize, capture and relocate them potentially.

Just recently a similar situation took place in North Carolina where over a half a dozen officers gunned down a man’s pet deer on his farm, without warning.

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5:09PM PST on Mar 6, 2013

thank you

4:28AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

this is such a sad story

7:18PM PST on Jan 20, 2012

stupid pigs

8:48PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

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10:28PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Whew, Jake, I think somebody pushed your buttons? I think the story, as written, was not unfair, just didn't have all the facts yet, as you pointed out. Those that blasted the cops for being "trigger-happy" also did not have their facts, it would seem? I "got" the intent of the article, BTW. :)

Thank you, Sharon, and I quite agree. Henry, as I have asked about 3 times now, and Sharon has pointed out, your experience or lack thereof, or mine, OR my friends regarding dogs is not the topic here. Sorry if I misunderstood WHO you were poking fun of as to comparing spelling with Dan Quayle, but as I said, if you were the "expert" you claim to be, you'd not use a completely DIFFERENT word (not a spelling "error"). Who cares if you're employed or not?

8:09PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

And, yes there is at least one typo or incorrectly spelled word in my previous post.

8:07PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

It seems to be that the comments have gotten way off topic. Really, I have no desire to discuss anyone's ability to spell, not anyone's ability when it comes to training dogs. Please keep to the original topic.

9:41AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Diane, just the opposite of what you think. I was comparing MY spelling error to that of Dan Quayle. Has nothing to do with what you spelled, what I was attempting to get across is when either typing fast or not looking at what you type we all make mistakes and to bluntly point that out is rude. I can live with misspelling by others as long as I know what they are attempting to get across and I surely would not attempt to make them feel inferior because they misspelled A word. For any further information or replies I guess you will have to wait, since unlike many Americans that are unemployed these days I am still employed and must catch a flight to Southwest Asia tonight and will be gone for 6 months. If I have time to reply when I get to my destination, I will, if I get to busy, well it will fall by the side.

8:48AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

To Laura S.

It's called a breaking story...so what? According to you I should have waited twelve hours? No.

8:41AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Pam, Look at the date and the time this article was published. The story was just emerging at that time, the details were just coming out. Not everything was known then, and so your comments are inaccurate because they are based on what eventually came out. Do you understand that?

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