Authorities raid exotic animal farm in Perry Township

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PERRY TWP., Ohio -- An exotic animal farm in Perry Township was raided by state authorities Wednesday.

(Photo Credit: Fox 8 News)

(Photo Credit: Fox 8 News)

Ten animals, including tigers, pumas, baboons and a chimpanzee, were removed from Stump Hill Farm on Klick Road.

A spokesperson from the Ohio Department of Agriculture told Fox 8 that the owner, Cindy Huntsman, failed to acquire a permit or an exemption as required by state law.

Authorities served a warrant and an order to transfer the animals on Wednesday.

Perry Township police Wednesday afternoon were maintaining a perimeter around the property, and Canton provided SWAT team members in case an animal got loose.

Camel at Stump Hill Farm will stay (Picture courtesy of FOX 8's Lorrie Taylor)

Camel at Stump Hill Farm will stay (Picture courtesy of FOX 8's Lorrie Taylor)

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is to escort animals a temporary holding facility in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, until the animals can be transferred to sanctuaries.

The farm promotes itself as a nonprofit education center and has dozens of other creatures not covered by the state law on dangerous wild animals.

Huntsman argues that her facility is exempt from the exotic animal requirements as a licensed educational and rehabilitation facility.

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