EXOTIC ANIMAL BILL West Virginia Legislature Closer To Passing Exotic Animal Law
Reported by: Deborah Linz
Web Producer: Mamie Buoy
Reported: Feb. 9, 2012 8:37 PM EST
Eyewitness News Photo
, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
West Virginia is closer to passing an exotic animal law.
The law would require people to register animals with the state, and set standards to make sure they are being cared for and treated properly.
It's hoped the law will also prevent a tragic incident like the one in Zanesville, Ohio last fall. Police had to kill almost 50 animals; including lions and rare Bengal tigers, after the owner let the animals loose before committing suicide.
Other animal welfare bills moving through the West Virginia Legislature include strengthening puppy mill laws and creating a spay and neuter fund to help reduce the thousands of animals euthanized in shelters every year.
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