Ind. sanctuary taking exotic animals from Ohio

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ALBION, Ind. (AP) -- Thousands of exotic animals from Ohio might need new homes this year and Indiana is taking some of them in.

The Journal Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/XOcvu1 ) Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion recently accepted six exotic animals from Ohio. Four tigers were moved to Black Pine late last year, and this week a female black bear and an African wildcat have found a home at the northeastern Indiana sanctuary.

Laws passed in Ohio last fall place greater restrictions and financial burdens on exotic animal owners. The laws were passed after a suicidal Zanesville man released dozens of exotic animals, including lions, tigers and bears, in Zanesville in October 2011.

Black Pine Executive Director Lori Gagen said without additional funding, the sanctuary will be unable to house additional animals.

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Information from: The Journal Gazette, http://www.journalgazette.net