This is why it should be illegal for private citizens to own these kind of dangerous animals, especially in residential communities…Besides the fact that it is not fair to the animals.
Heavily armed cops hunted down the few remaining wild animals that terrorized an Ohio town after they were let loose by the suicidal owner of an animal preserve.
The only animals believed to still be at large are a wolf and a monkey, Zanesville police said today.
A grizzly bear and a mountain lion had been believed to be running free, but the sheriff’s department discovered both were killed last night.
Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz told reporters he can’t be 100 percent sure that those animals are the only ones unaccounted for among the 51 animals, many of them ferocious, who were let out of their cages Tuesday evening.
These are 300 pound Bengal tigers that we had to put down,” Lutz said, describing that animal as “very aggressive.”
A vet shot a tiger with a tranquilizer from 15 yards away and Lutz said it “just went crazy,” and started to run, so officers were forced to shoot it with lethal ammunition.
One animal that got away, described as a big cat, was hit by a car on a highway some distance away, he said. An escaped monkey was eaten by one of the lions.
The animals’ cages were opened up by Terry Thompson, who owned an animal preserve in Zanesville. Thompson killed himself after freeing his menagerie, Lutz said.