“Please Pray for Tiger Ridge Exotic Rescue in Perrysburg, Ohio to have their exotic animals returned home! All over A Permit. A fine would be the lawful way to handle someone being late. No Abuse, Never escapes, always fed and enriched with toys, food and pools. Almost 40 years he has been handling exotic animals and so many were rescues. April 27th is court in Columbus, Ohio. Now Leo the Lion was put down at the Ohio Department of Agriculture holding facility, instead of leaving the arthritis ailing old lion at home to live out his days. ODA never asked health of animals or age, weight, diet or if on medication. A sad affair for someone that rescues animals and gives them a loving home to live out their life. Please Support! Thank You Kindly.”
Imagine the state removing your animals over a permit!!! The Hell you would go through for them to be returned…Not knowing what the outcome of a court hearing-Imagine it being up to a judge to decide whether they will be returned even though you are their rightful owner-It’s really sad and pathetic when they can take your property because of a permit violation or because you are accused of a crime you didn’t commit. Please help Tiger Ridge succeed in the return of their animals by sharing this message and making calls about this illegal and unconstitutional government action.**below
from Kenny Hetrick -Owner of Tiger Ridge Exotics
“Erica Hawking’s said nothing has ever gotten loose, but maybe it could.
Then the other ODA Woman said if they were property motivated they may get away, now just what does this mean.?
I applied for my Permit, they refused to help me in any way. In fact they wouldn’t even speak to me.
They came here wearing masks and lots of guns and took all my Animals with a search warrant that said they were only going to look at the Animals, and their search warrant was not complete, making it worthless. These people are thefts and liars.
My Federal inspector has always said everything is in compliance, with never any serious problems.
They almost killed my little cougar by putting her in a little cage with sharp edges and almost bled to death, then they kill Leo my Lion, because they were not giving him proper care.
Instead of giving me his body to bury him with his mom and dad, they choose a acid tank to destroy all evidence.
No one is allowed to view the animals in there cruel prison.
The Judge ordered them to return the Animals but they refused.
The State is wasting millions building there prison, and making rules that are near impossible to comply with.
Right now I have a 14′ fence with a four foot overhang, electrified, two eight foot perimeter fences, four feet apart, plenty of room for the Animals to run and play and they were very happy here always.
I had surveillance Cameras going when they were here dragging my animals threw the snow, shooting darts everywhere, my bear was in hibernation when they shot him 5 times then started hitting him with a stick. They never asked if any of the animals were in bad health, or anything what so ever. At the end they were running because they heard the judge said leave them alone.
These thugs need punished for what they did, and my Animals need returned home where they are loved and cared for.
The Governor has to be aware of this, but is doing nothing, and he wants to run for President . Said he was waiting for God to tell him, I’m afraid God is very upset with him on the way he has been treating Animals and people in his State.”
“We need to be aware of what is really happening with this Tiger Ridge Exotic case.
It’s so much more than just about a late permit. It’s not about so called dangerous animals. It’s about government control and MONEY……It’s about the signs of the times.
It’s about big government taking over to rule every aspect of our lives.
One world wide government and false religion, one world wide economy…..it’s coming to us faster than a speeding train.
The Common Core system being implemented in our public schools is an example of how the government wants to take over the minds of our children and making all things relevant and destroying the concept of absolutes…… There will be 7 years of great tribulation coming to all the wicked people and organizations of this world that are out of control.
Government control will bow their knees……when judgment comes. I can feel it in the air. I pray for this case of Tiger Ridge to be won as a matter of principal to bring truth and justice to the fore front!
ODA and their actions are just the beginnings of sorrow!!!!!!!
Speak up and spread the word this needs to be stopped!!!!!!!
SAVE TIGER RIDGE”
from Kenny Hetrick:
“Monday will be coming up Quickly, back down to the oda headquarters, its a no win situation down there,. People are being issued permits that were late in applying, there getting permits to keep there Animals in the house, others have permits, that are not close to being in compliance, yet they singled me out, even though I have a Federal License. Its hard to deal with people that are not truthful.”
Tiger Man Fights for the Return of Seized Animals to Sanctuary
STONY RIDGE, Ohio — The maze of steel cages where bears and black leopards roamed for more than three decades are quiet now. The growls and roars of tigers and lions no longer echo across Kenny Hetrick’s backyard and into his neighbor’s windows.
All of his animals, save for a wolf, have been in the custody of Ohio’s agriculture department since January after it said he ignored warnings that he needed a permit for the exotic animals and that his cages weren’t secure enough to prevent an escape.
Hetrick, who has been taking in abused and unwanted animals since the mid-1970s, is challenging the seizure, backed by neighbors who insist his menagerie doesn’t pose a threat. They have organized car washes and handed him envelopes stuffed with thousands of dollars to pay legal bills. Some spent the winter shoring up his cages with taller fences and netting, hoping the animals will return.
“He’s lost without them,” said Josh Large, who lives four houses away. “A lot of us are lost without them.”
So exactly WHO is actually taking care of the animals health now?!?
All 10 animals seized from the Tiger Ridge Exotics are in good health. That’s the word from State Veterinarian Dr. Ryan Powell who takes care of the animals on a daily basis at the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
The animals, which include six tigers, one liger, one black leopard and one bear are kept in a secured pull barn on the grounds of the Ohio Department of Agriculture just outside of Columbus.
Powell says he consults on a regular basis with the Columbus Zoo, about the care of the animals. “We check to see if they’re greeting us like they normally do, are they playing with their enrichment items,” says Powell.
The most recent controversy surrounds Leo the Lion who had to be euthanized after failing health left him unable to stand, walk or eat. “It was very difficult trying to find a fine line between are they suffering, are they in pain, is there quality of life still there,” says Powell.
Powell insists that Leo was doing reasonably well despite pre-existing health concerns before being put down. “He was eating he was drinking he was trying to get up, he was moving around and we had plenty of soft bedding for him and made sure he had sure footing.”
13abc asked why Kenny Hetrick wasn’t allowed to be with his animal and say goodbye before he was euthanized. Dr. Powell says that wasn’t his decision, there is a standard procedure and that everybody has to follow it. “I would assume it’s a case of security and logistics of getting people in there and we’re dealing with dangerous wild animals,” says Powell, “It was just a call the administration made, and I don’t have a good answer for you otherwise.”
The same goes for Hetricks inability to see his animals at all while the state hearings take place to find out if they’re even going to get them back. “We’re not dealing with dogs and cats, we’re dealing with tigers and lions and dangerous wild animals and you can’t have a hands on approach with these animals you have to maintain public safety and my safety and the safety of everybody in our group.
The Hetricks go back to Reynoldsburg on Monday to continue the state hearings on whether or not they’re allowed to get their animals back. 13abc will continue to follow this story and have the latest for you on 13abc.com and on the air. 13abc has made several requests to take video of the Hetricks animals at the Reynoldsburg facility. Those requests have all been denied, citing safety.
Small animal vet no experience with these types of animals:
“So, news you didn’t hear from Dr. Ryan Powell. He is a small animal vet, has been for 9 years. He works in Grove City, Ohio and sees the animals once a week. He has no experience in handling or treating exotics, not even a class. I do NOT for one second believe Leo was ‘eating fine’ until one week ago. They let him suffer for two months without proper medication. Had he continued on them he most likely would have had 6 to 8 months. I do not believe the animals are ‘greeting’ them or playing. Give us video and we’ll believe you. I mean that’s pretty much what you need to have in other court cases so why can’t we demand the same?”
Link of Interest: https://topcatsroar.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/zoo-wars-update-tiger-ridge-state-kills-leo-the-lion/
**Marion County, Texas did the same to us in 2010 and one of many reasons for the suit filed-We were held in jail for a permit violation although no violation ever existed as we were registered with the state of Texas and Marion County refused to recognize the exemption provided by the state although accepted by other counties within the state (Hatari Safari and others remain in various counties throughout the state of Texas with the same exemption), those types of animals allowed by the county-bears in residence. We had only recently arrived on the newly purchased property as a result of Hurricane Dolly.
It’s important to me that the Tiger Ridge animals are returned-Not a single animal of ours was returned -resulting in an estimate of $207,000.00 of animals and other property illegally stolen from us by the local government thru kangaroo court hearings as they lacked jurisdiction.
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