The police had one duty that day: to protect the public. Where there are dozens of lions and tigers running loose in a residential area, I would want them to shoot them without delay. The HSUS and the Cincinnati Zoo have both said that the officers acted correctly.
These animals -- many of whom were kept in cars, and cages meant for domestic dogs -- would likely have had to be euthanized anyway and could never have been rehabilitated by a zoo in the first place.
Hold your anger for the person who kept these beautiful animals in such conditions, not the cops who were doing their job.
43. God, not this stale stuff again. M99 is FAR too dangerous for untrained cops to
be running around with. Mere skin contact with it can KILL HUMANS. It is up to 80,000X more powerful than morphine. One may not use or even possess it without a DEA registration, and even we vet students were merely told about it in vet school and shown the equipment from a safe distance. None of us were permitted to handle/use it WHATSOEVER.
To safely use M99, you MUST have an idea of the animal's weight and when it last ate, also.
"Tranquilizer" guns were not remotely feasible here. This was discussed ad infinitum at the time. I am not going to bother to hunt down the links for you other than this:
13. I have two boys 6 and 12. I used to live in Ohio
If that were my neighborhood I would have had no problems with what the police did. I grew up on a farm, respect animals, have my share of dog, cat and fish. But public safety is #1. Can you imagine if some kid got mauled and the police didn't take a shot? They would be public enemy #1. No offense, but "sorry about the kid but at least the bear lived" is not a line I want to read in the newspaper about one of my boys.
49. keeping large exotic animals in small cages is animal cruelty - fine her big time for that
Edited on Fri Oct-28-11 10:18 AM by wordpix
Did she feed them properly, clean their cages, give them any exercise, give them clean water regularly? Reports I've read say not and the quarantine at the zoo the animals are currently under is due to the possible diseases they may have from the deplorable conditions they were kept in.
50. "animals could possibly be infected with disease as result of conditions in which they were held"
snip: the animals could possibly be infected with a disease as a result of the conditions in which they were previously held.
I'm paying attention. Apparently, you're not if you think these animals should go back to that animal abuser. She's just as guilty as her husband; she lived with the animals in these conditions and did nothing to stop the animal cruelty she and her husband perpetrated.
32. Ohio Agriculture Dept order prevented her from picking them up
POWELL, Ohio - The Ohio Department of Agriculture issued a quarantine on Thursday to block the transportation of six released exotic animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium back to a Muskingum County exotic animal farm.
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