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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Bears don't eat light. Records obtained by The Associated Press show that two bears temporarily housed at an Ohio facility chowed down on dog food, hot dogs and doughnuts.

The building holds wild creatures confiscated or surrendered under Ohio's exotic animal law, which was strengthened following the release of dozens of animals including lions and tigers by their suicidal owner in 2011.

Authorities fearing for public safety killed the animals in a headline-capturing saga.

Related article: Zanesville: Exotic animals incident one year later

Receipts obtained through a public records request show Ohio officials have spent more than $1,000 on food and supplies for the facility's boarders since the end of May.

Items included a $225 ball for the bears and five kiddie pools for alligators. The facility has held at least five alligators and two bears.

Associated Press

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