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Ohio farm where exotics escaped faces foreclosureForeclosure notices filed for Ohio property where suicidal owner released exotic animals
ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) ' Prosecutors have filed foreclosure notices for the eastern Ohio farm where a suicidal man released dozens of tigers, bears and other exotic animals that had to be killed by authorities last fall.
The Zanesville Times Recorder (http://ohne.ws/LwiArh ) reports the man's widow, Marian Thompson, owes more than $14,000 in back taxes on 70 acres.
Prosecutor Michael Haddox says his office tries to resolve such matters before filing foreclosures but hasn't received a response to a letter sent to Thompson in November.
The Wednesday court filings came days after two surviving leopards, two primates and a bear were returned to the farm. They had been kept at the Columbus zoo for months under a state quarantine order.
Thompson's attorney told the newspaper Thursday he hadn't seen the foreclosure documents and couldn't comment.
Information from: Times Recorder, http://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com
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