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Exotic Animal Holding Facility Opens

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REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio -

The state's new holding facility for confiscated exotic animals is ready for its first animals.

The new high security building, located in Reynoldsburg, is equipped with 17 cameras, steel cages and a 12-foot electric fence.

The facility was built as a result of the new Ohio law that requires owners to register their exotic animals like lions, tigers, and some snakes.

The new building, which cost about $2.9 million to build, is designed to temporarily house dozens of exotic animals that are confiscated under the new law.

The cages for the largest animals are about 12 feet wide, 18 feet long and about 10 feet high and are made out of solid metal walls. The building has an interior gate and a double metal exterior wall and is surrounded by a 12 foot fence.

Officials can seize the animals if the owners don't meet the state requirements or are found housing animals without the proper permits.

The law came about after a Zanesville man released dozens of exotic animals from his farm in October 2011.

Authorities killed 48 of the animals that were released, fearing the public's safety. Since that incident, the Ohio Department of Agriculture made the decision to build the holding facility.

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