True Stories - America's Animal Hoarder. Channel 4: 10.00pm
This is the story of one man's collection of almost 50 dangerous animals, including lions, tigers and bears (oh my), which were found roaming free in a residential area. The sleepy town of Zanesville hit the headlines, becoming the centre of a media storm on Tuesday 18 October 2011, when 48 animals were shot dead after police realised they could not control the situation. All of these creatures belonged to notorious local figure Terry Thompson, who had amassed a private collection of exotic pets in a state that has minimal restrictions on the ownership of such animals. Thompson was later found dead on his farm, partially eaten by his own animals. This film explores the events in Thompson's past that led up to the incident, and includes interviews with the police officers involved.
Story by Sheena McGinley | 17:13 | Thursday 9th August 2012 | TV Highlights
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Watched this and was very sad to see these beautiful wild animals shot dead, it was such a waste, but I believe the sheriff and his deputies had no other choice, they are not to blame for the lions, bears and Tigers deaths they were protecting the citizens if they had got into the neighboring farms/buildings and killed or maimed anyone the Sheriff department would of been slatted for not protecting its people. The person to blame for those poor animals death lies squarely at Terry Thompson's door. He cut the wire enclosures ensuring no animal could be saved. I also blame that states laws on keeping wild animals, no member off the untrained public should be able to purchase and keep wild animals that are a danger to the public should they get loose. They should only be kept in appropriate reserves or enclosures run by trained professionals This was a disaster waiting to happen, just glad noone was hurt..Posted 11:15 | Fri 10th Aug 2012
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