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Judge backs Ohio’s exotic animal rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A federal judge upheld Ohio’s new restrictions on exotic animals on Thursday after several owners sued the state over the law, which was enacted after a man released dozens of his wild creatures including lions and tigers last year and then committed suicide.

US District Court Judge George Smith in Columbus sided with the state, saying the court recognizes some businesses may be negatively ­affected and some owners may not be able to keep their beloved animals but the owners failed to prove constitutional rights were violated.

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