Ohio Farm Where Exotics Escaped Faces Foreclosure

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Associated Press

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Updated Fri, May 11, 2012 9:37 am

Prosecutors have filed foreclosure notices for the eastern Ohio farm where a suicidal man released dozens of tigers, bears and other exotic animals that had to be killed by authorities last fall.

The man's widow, Marian Thompson, owes more than $14,000 in back taxes on 70 acres.

Prosecutor Michael Haddox says his office tries to resolve such matters before filing foreclosures but hasn't received a response to a letter sent to Thompson in November.

The Wednesday court filings came days after two surviving leopards, two primates and a bear were returned to the farm. They had been kept at the Columbus zoo for months under a state quarantine order.

Thompson's attorney said Thursday that he hadn't seen the foreclosure documents and couldn't comment.

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