- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Latest on the seizure of exotic animals in northeast Ohio (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

The state has seized five tigers and five other animals from a northeast Ohio farm, saying it hasn’t met the requirements of a law that tightened restrictions on exotic animal ownership.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Agriculture says it took action Wednesday against Stump Hill Farm in Massillon after attempts at accreditation that could make the facility exempt from the law stalled. Spokeswoman Erica Hawkins says the tigers, two pumas, two baboons and a chimpanzee were moved to the state holding facility in Reynoldsburg.

Stump Hill owner Cyndi Huntsman argues that her nonprofit farm is a licensed educational facility and thus exempt from the exotic animal permit requirements. Her attorney says that Huntsman is being unfairly “picked on” by the state and that her animals weren’t endangering anyone.

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12:10 p.m.

The state has moved to seize tigers and other animals from a northeast Ohio farm, saying it hasn’t met the requirements of a law cracking down on exotic animal ownership.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Agriculture says it took action Wednesday against Stump Hill Farm in Massillon after the facility’s attempts at accreditation that would make it exempt from the law stalled. Spokeswoman Erica Hawkins says officials expected to find five tigers, two pumas, two baboons and one chimpanzee at the property.

The farm promotes itself as a nonprofit education center and has dozens of other creatures not covered by the state law on dangerous wild animals. Owner Cyndi Huntsman argues that her facility is exempt from the exotic animal requirements as a licensed educational and rehabilitation facility.

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