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Lawyer for widow in Ohio exotics escape tells state cages are adequate for surviving animals
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ' An attorney for a suicidal animal owner's widow who is seeking the return of exotic animals that survived an October escape says she has adequate cages for them at her eastern Ohio farm.
Three leopards, two primates and a bear survived the release of dozens of wild creatures in Zanesville. They have been held under a state-issued quarantine at the Columbus zoo. One leopard had to be euthanized.
Attorney Robert McClelland wrote to Ohio officials last week on behalf of his client, Marian Thompson.
The state's agriculture director had asked him to prove Thompson had made arrangements for the animals' care.
Test results this week showed all five animals are free of dangerously contagious or infectious diseases.
The Associated Press obtained McClelland's letter Friday through a public records request.