Ohio owner says caged lion was freed ; no one hurt

FAIRFIELD BEACH, Ohio (AP) — A man who had cared for the creatures released and killed in Ohio’s headline-making exotic animal escape in 2011 says someone intentionally freed his 400-pound lion from its cage.

Fairfield County sheriff’s Lt. Tim Voris tells the Zanesville Times Recorder that a neighbor of owner John Moore found the 2-year-old lioness in his yard Sunday and called authorities. Voris says the lion, named Nadia, went back into her kennel when Moore arrived. No one was hurt.

Moore tells WBNS-TV someone had cut chains and put turkey giblets near the lion’s cage.

The station says Moore is properly licensed, but local officials will consider whether more safety precautions are necessary.

Moore worked as a caretaker for the suicidal man who freed dozens of exotic animals near Zanesville two years ago.

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