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Stupid rules claimed Meeko

May 26, 2013

To the editor: In reference to May 19 letters by Stel Puskarich (“Animal laws don’t make sense”) and Robin Cibulka (“Meeko, owner let down”) regarding Cora Peterson’s pet raccoon, I agree with them......

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May-28-13 12:14 PM

Everyone here is missing the big picture. The problem is not rules and regulations, the problem is government. It starts with an idea and always ends at gunpoint, or men with guns showing up at your door.

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May-28-13 2:04 AM

I copied and pasted directly from the ordinance and do not understand why raccoon is not spelled out. Also, I could not find any law stating that Meeko could not remain with the Peterson's. I did find out that Meeko could have been released back into the wild where he was found; which happens to be on the Peterson property. So why did the officers not do this?

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May-28-13 1:58 AM

When I heard about the Peterson's experience BEFORE Meeko was taken, I called ODNR and received a return phone call from an agent from in Stark County. He said it was illegal for the Peterson's to have Meeko unless they BOUGHT him and could show proof. Hmmmm! I looked this up in the ORC (1501:31-19-01 Wild animal importing, exporting, selling and possession regulations)(B) It shall be unlawful for any person to import or cause to be imported, transport, or cause to transported, or receive or possess live rac***** which have been imported or transported into this state from a point without this state. However, rac***** transported into Ohio that are pets may be possessed in captivity if the owner has a certificate from a veterinarian from the owner's previous state indicating the animal is disease free. The possessor also must have a permit or other document from the state agency from where he came indicating the raccoon was legally possessed in the former state. DOUBLE STANDARD?

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