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Auction Set At Zanesville Farm Where Exotic Animals Were Freed

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Terry Thompson's farm is once again in the spotlight, as an auction will be held at the site where exotic animals were set loose in 2011.

It was October 2011 when Thompson unlocked the cages to dozens of dangerous animals at his farm on Kopchak Road in Zanesville.

Deputies had to shoot and kill nearly 50 lions, tigers, bears and wolves. Thompson committed suicide after releasing the animals.

Then, his wife Marian, fought to get back the five surviving animals.

Now, hundreds of items from the farm are going up on the auction block.

Jeff Koehler, auctioneer at SE Ohio Auctions LLC., has created a website to show off the inventory.

There are hot rods listed for sale, as well as dozens of motorcycles.

According to the website, the Thompsons are the former owners of T's Harley Davidson of Zanesville.

There is also a bulldozer up for auction.

Most of the items are from the 1970s or older.

Photos of the items on the website show a garage full of motorcycles and parks. There are also semi trucks, boats, and remote control planes, along with more than 30 horses, mules, and ponies.

While a preview of the items is available online, the auctioneer said there will be no public preview date for the auction.

The auctioneer is giving serious bidders a chance to look a few hours before the auction begins at 9 a.m. on Aug. 14.

The auctioneer said they are charging an entrance fee of $25 per vehicle to prevent people from coming to the farm just to look around.

The $25 fee will be credited back on purchases.

Organizers said they're expecting a large crowd, and that they anticipate bidding could continue throughout the day.

To view the items in the auction, click here.

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