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Oct 20, 2011 1:50 AM by Liza Sullivan

Central Coast animal expert reacts to Ohio ordeal

Animal expert David Jackson of Paso Robles shared his reaction to the nearly 50 animals that were hunted down and killed in Ohio.

"I'm really, really, really sorry for those animals," he said Wednesday night.

Deputies in Zanesville, Ohio say 48 exotic animals were freed Tuesday by their owner, before he killed himself.

Among those animals were 18 tigers, 17 lions, and a wolf. Six animals have been taken to the Columbus Zoo.

Jackson, who cares for dozens of wild animals at his Zoo to You property is hoping for tighter regulations in states like Ohio.

"I hope this is a catalyst to get some legislation passed," he said. "I know there's a bill that Jack Hanna is sponsoring to stop animal auctions, and stop private ownership of exotic pets."

Jackson considers California lucky to have among the strictest regulations in the United States, which are overseen by the Department of Fish and Game.

He said it would be unlikely for a tragedy-- like the one in Ohio-- to happen in California.

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