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Exotic-animal owners oppose Ohio bill, new fees
Owners of exotic animals tell Ohio legislative panel state's proposed regulations go too far
By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ' Dozens of exotic-animal owners in Ohio are opposing permit fees, certain caging requirements and other proposed regulations contained in a bill being considered by a state Senate panel.

The measure would ban new ownership of exotic animals while allowing current owners to keep their pets by obtaining permits by 2014. The owners would be required to pass background checks and obtain insurance along with meeting other rules.

Pataskala (puh-TAS'-kuh-luh) resident Evelyn Shaw told senators on Tuesday the bill would force her to euthanize her animals or keep them illegally. She says the fees are too expensive.

Efforts to strengthen the state's law took on new urgency in October when a suicidal man freed dozens of wild animals from his eastern Ohio farm and authorities were forced to kill most of them.

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