Last fall, a shocking massacre in Zanesville thrust Ohio into the national spotlight when local law enforcement killed 48 escaped exotic animals to protect public order. The tragedy occurred after the private owner of an exotic animal sanctuary freed the animals before taking his own life. Flooded with calls from neighbors, the Muskingum County sheriff’s department had no choice but to hunt down the free-roaming wild animals.
Often, unexpected events such as the Zanesville incident bring matters to light that are otherwise overlooked. Though no one would ever wish for this to happen, we can take it as a valuable learning opportunity. It is my hope that in passing this law, the Ohio General Assembly has helped protect both the safety and liberty of Ohioans.