After Tiger Ridge Exotics owner Kenny Hetrick threatened to euthanize all of his exotic animals because he cannot afford to make changes required by a new state law, a new petition is demanding Ohio immediately secure the facility and protect the animals from their owner.
went viral, gathering more than 30,000 signatures in less than a day.
Hetrick keeps an endangered black leopard, six endangered tigers, two lions, a brown bear, a liger (lion and tiger hybrid) and a bobcat on his property. Care2 petition author Amanda Whelan was shocked by news reports in which
to be relocated to licensed sanctuaries.
"They're going to have to come in here and put a gun to my head, that is the only way they are going to get them," said Hetrick.
This spurred Whelan to start her petition, which she plans to deliver to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.