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Ohio farm where exotics escaped faces foreclosure

Foreclosure notices filed for Ohio property where suicidal owner released exotic animals By The Associated Press

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 ( ) 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,

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