Animals Loose In Zanesville

October 19, 2011 by staff 

Animals Loose In ZanesvilleAnimals Loose In Zanesville, A town in Ohio is under blockade of dozens of wild animals such as bears, wolves and tigers have escaped from a private reserve and is on the loose after the owner of the reserve has been found dead.

Terry Thompson of Zanesville, Ohio, was found dead of unknown causes within the reserve, while animal cages were unsecured. Thompson, 61, was recently released from prison after serving a year for federal weapons charges. According to researchers cited in the past for animal abuse and neglect.

Speaking on “Good Morning America,” said Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Wednesday Lutz will not have a count of how many animals have died until dawn comes to Ohio.

“At this point we had to [reports] of some sightings during the night,” Lutz told “GMA.” “None of them was confirmed. At dawn we go back in and get a number of deaths … we tranquilizers on the site since it began.”

Lutz said at a news conference that residents should stay indoors until the animals that escaped around 6 pm on Tuesday, rounded up. Several schools throughout the area have canceled classes for Wednesday.

Police, who have been ordered to shoot to kill stray animals described as “mature, very large and aggressive.”

Lutz said the aggressive animals were killed by several deputies, when they were discovered near the body of Thompson in their conservation. Preserving Thompson was surrounded by a fence, and not all animals on the property they fled through the open doors.

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