Testimony continues Friday in Columbus after Tiger Ridge animal seizure

Testimony continues Friday in Columbus after Tiger Ridge animal seizure

COLUMBUS, OH (Toledo News Now) - The Ohio Department of Agriculture continued to hear testimony on Friday in the case of Tiger Ridge Exotics.

The hearing, which began Thursday, is part of the appeal by Tiger Ridge owner Kenny Hetrick. Hetrick is fighting to get back 13 animals seized by the state in January. The Ohio Department of Agriculture seized the animals from Hetirck's Stony Ridge farm after they say he failed to file for a permit by the deadline.

The 6 tigers, 2 lions, black leopard, bobcat, brown bear, cougar and liger are currently in the care of the Department of Agriculture. The permit was required by a law passed after a Zanesville man released dozens of wild animals in 2011 before committing suicide.

"Animals cannot safely be returned to the Hetrick premises without posing an unreasonable danger to the health of the animals, the safety of the individuals transporting the animals, and the persons living in the vicinity," the Department of Agriculture said in a statement.

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