Widow Of Suicidal Owner Registers Exotics In Ohio

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The widow of a suicidal owner who released dozens of exotic animals in Ohio last year has registered the five surviving animals with the state.

Marian Thompson submitted her state registration form for the two leopards, two primates and a bear that had been returned to her in May.

Records show she also has two 11-week-old leopards on her property.

The documents were obtained Monday by The Associated Press through a public records request.

Monday was the deadline for owners of exotic animals in Ohio to register the creatures under a tougher law. Owners must say how many animals they have, where they are, and who their veterinarian is, among other details.

Ohio's agriculture department said Monday it had received 130 registration forms accounting for 483 dangerous wild animals.