Nightly News   |  October 21, 2011

Ohio gov. halts sale of wild animals

Oct. 21: Ohio's governor signed an executive order Friday temporarily stopping the sale of all potentially dangerous animals. NBC’s Kate Snow reports.

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KATE SNOW, anchor: We learned today that the owner of all those exotic animals released in the town of Zanesville , Ohio , this week was a gun collector who sometimes traded guns for unwanted animals, including a leopard and a tiger cub. Only a few of the 56 animals he let loose survived. They are being cared for at the Columbus Zoo now.

KATE SNOW, anchor: Ohio 's governor today signed an executive order temporarily stopping the sale of all potentially dangerous animals and asked the state legislature to pass a tougher permanent law in Ohio .