Hearing planned for Ohio exotic animal quarantine

2:11 AM, Apr 23, 2012   |    comments
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REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio -- A state-appointed lawyer is set to hear arguments Monday over Ohio's quarantine order for five animals kept at a zoo since an exotic animal escape in October.

The Columbus zoo began caring for three leopards, two primates and a bear after their suicidal owner released dozens of animals that had to be killed by authorities near Zanesville.

One leopard was euthanized after it was struck by a door lowering between two enclosures.

The owner's widow, who demanded the appeal hearing, questions whether the state had the authority to quarantine the animals on the suspicion of potential dangerous infectious diseases.

The widow has sought medical testing to prove the quarantine isn't needed.

The surviving animals have been medically tested, but state officials have yet to receive the results.

The Associated Press

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