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Exotic animal haven in jeopardy asks for community help

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Hetrick with Cody the bear Hetrick with Cody the bear
STONEY RIDGE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A local exotic animal owner says new state laws are making it difficult to keep his doors open. Now he's asking the community for help to save his business and animals.

Cody is a 1,700-pound Kodiak bear who has called Tiger Ridge Exotics his home for 14 years, but he may not be able to much longer.

Kenny Hetrick, owner of Tiger Ridge, says new laws mean by January, his 15 rescue animals will be confiscated and, he believes, put to sleep.

Some of the new state guidelines require expensive fencing and $1 million insurance for exotic animals, and Hetrick says he can't afford that.

"[They're] asking for a million dollars of insurance and…micro-chipping and neutering," Hetrick said. "You know, a lot of things [they're] asking for are going to kill my animals. I already lost a grizzly bear because of the micro-chip."

The community can help save Tiger Ridge by donating to the cost of the new safety requirements. There will be an open house this weekend.

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