STONEY RIDGE, OH (Toledo News Now) - A hearing between Tiger Ridge Exotics and the Ohio Department of Agriculture has been rescheduled for April.
A hearing had been scheduled for March 10 and 11, during which Tiger Ridge owner Kenny Hetrick planned to appeal the ODA's denial of a permit to operate Tiger Ridge. Hetrick canceled the hearing and it has been rescheduled for April 9 and 10 at 10 a.m. at the offices of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The ODA took 13 animals from Tiger Ridge Exotics in January after they say Hetrick failed to get a permit for the animals in time. The permit was required by law after a Zanesville, OH man released dozens of wild animals in 2011.
The animals are currently in the care of the state, but Hetrick is fighting to get them back. A Wood County judge has ruled that the animals will remain with the state until a hearing on Aug. 18.
Read the history of the Tiger Ridge case below: