Sheriff Swamped With Media Requests After Exotic Animal Incident

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Associated Press

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Updated Thu, Dec 8, 2011 8:48 am

An Ohio sheriff who dealt with dozens of exotic animals set loose by a suicidal owner says two British film companies have contacted him about doing documentaries.

And, Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz told an audience in eastern Ohio this week that he's been swamped with speaking requests.

Lutz told a civic group in St. Clairsville that he also has received hundreds of voice mails, emails, letters and phone calls questioning his actions.

His deputies were forced to kill 48 wild animals including bears, lions and endangered Bengal tigers released in October from a private compound in Zanesville by an owner who then killed himself.

Lutz indicated he has no regrets about how the situation was handled. He says public safety was the priority.
 

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