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State Officials Holding Dangerous Animals in Reynoldsburg

REYNOLDSBURG (Dana Jay) -- The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s dangerous wild animal facility has been the temporary home for two black bears and five alligators over the past four months, according to records obtained by ABC 6/FOX 28.

The nearly $3 million facility was built after state lawmakers passed a law to ban new ownership of certain animals and regulate the caging of ones that are already in the state.

Director David Daniels said all but two of the animals that have been in temporary state custody were turned over because owners could not meet the new caging standards. Two alligators were seized by law enforcement.

Records show the state spent approximately $590 at Wal-Mart and Kroger in May and June to feed the animals.
 
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