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“It’s like Noah’s Ark, like, wrecking right here in Zanesville, Ohio,” Mr. Hanna lamented.

Some townspeople were saddened by the animal deaths. At a nearby Moose Lodge, Bill Weiser said: “It’s breaking my heart, them shooting those animals.”

Ohio has some of the nation’s weakest restrictions on exotic pets and among the highest number of injuries and deaths caused by them.

On Wednesday, the Humane Society of the United States criticized Gov. John Kasich for allowing a statewide ban on the buying and selling of exotic pets to expire in April. The organization urged the state to immediately issue emergency restrictions.

AP writers Ann Sanner and Doug Whiteman contributed to this report.