Ohio Supreme Court Refuses Exotic Animal Appeal

(Columbus, OH) The state Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from a Northwest Ohio exotic animal owner. 

Tiger Ridge Exotics owner Kenny Hetrick loses another court battle over the fate of his seized animals. Ohio's agriculture department took custody of tigers, a bear, a leopard and a cougar from the roadside animal sanctuary in Stony Ridge. claiming Hetrick failed to secure a license before a state-mandated deadline. 

Hetrick has argued ever since that he was treated differently than other exotic animal owners and has asked the courts to force the state to give him a permit and return his animals, which  have been kept in out-of-state sanctuaries. 

The refusal to hear the appeal may effective end a two-and-a-half year court battle.

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