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Documents: US animal farm barely secured cages

Documents: Complaints that US animal owner starved cattle, barely secured cages By The Associated Press

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) ' Newly released documents show multiple complaints that the U.S. wild animal owner who released dozens of beasts and then killed himself this week had kept some wild animals in barely secured cages.

Authorities and animal experts went to Terry Thompson's property three years ago and found some cages weren't padlocked and were held together with plastic ties.

They also thought the fences were low enough to allow the animals to get out.

Authorities also questioned Thompson and his wife about animal bodies found in a ravine they called the "dead hole."

Thompson's wife, Marian, tells a detective in one 2005 sheriff's report released Friday she was trying to stop her husband from bringing in so many animals.

The complaints say Thompson also starved cattle at one farm.

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