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CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011
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(Studio: Scott Pelley) Report introduced.

(Zanesville, Ohio: Cynthia Bowers) The wild animals on the loose in Zanesville, Ohio, after their owner, Terry Thompson†, set them free before committing suicide featured; owner and animal photos shown. [Columbus Zoo director emeritus Jack HANNA†- comments.] [Muskingum County Sheriff Matt LUTZ†- talks about the animals that had to be shot; recounts a confrontation with a tiger; notes we have had numerous complaints about Thompson's animals.] [NEIGHBOR, witness Joel HARRIS - react.]

(Studio: Scott Pelley) The reasons for Thompson's past gun violation arrest noted. Report introduced.

(Sylmar, California: Ben Tracy) The question of state laws allowing the ownership of exotic animals examined; scenes shown from the Wildlife Waystation†† in Sylmar, California, a sanctuary for animals that had been pets. [Sanctuary owner Martine COLETTE††- talks about the animals as pets: a tiger is a tiger.] How exotic animals are sold and kept in states with lenient laws outlined.

Pelley, Scott;
Bowers, Cynthia;
Tracy, Ben

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