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Ohio senator says exotic pet rules aim to protect
Ohio senator behind exotics bill says goal is to protect people, animals, responsible owners
By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ' An Ohio legislator says he hopes a bill that would ban new ownership of exotic pets will prevent situations such as the one last year that led to 48 animals being shot to death after their suicidal owner let them loose.

Republican state Sen. Troy Balderson says he crafted the proposal after meeting with animal professionals, pet owners and animal welfare groups.

He says the goals are to protect residents and animals and to preserve the rights of current owners who properly care for exotic pets.

A hearing on the bill will be held Wednesday.

Balderson is from Zanesville, near the farm where a man released dozens of lions, tigers and other wild animals before killing himself in October. Authorities fatally shot most of the pets to protect residents.

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