Under a new law, Ohioans who decide to keep dangerous wild animals as pets will need to register and microchip them with the Ohio Department of Agriculture no later than Nov. 5.
Timely registration is also a requirement for anyone who wishes to receive a permit to keep any dangerous wild animal past Jan. 1, 2014.
Forms that do not include microchip serial numbers will not be considered complete.
Failure to register and microchip by Nov. 5 will disqualify the owner from permit eligibility. Failure to register animals by the deadline can result in a first-degree misdemeanor for the first offense, and a fifth-degree felony for each subsequent offense.
A story published in Tuesday's paper explains what effect the new law will have on area wildlife rehabilitation agencies.