Caroline County bans ownership of exotic animals; alpacas and zebras among exemptions

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BOWLING GREEN, Virginia — Caroline County has banned ownership of wild, exotic or vicious animals.

But there are exceptions. The new ordinance exempts some animals from the ban, including alpacas, zebras and service animals.

The Free Lance-Star ( ) reports that the Caroline County Board of Supervisors approved the ordinance on Tuesday. The measure replaces an emergency ordinance that was approved in May.

The ban follows complaints about a couple who had planned to house a tiger and several other big cats at their residence in Woodford. Mary Fineberg and Sammy Johns Jr. operate a nonprofit organization called PEACE Farm.

Johns told the board that it was violating his rights as a property owner.

Supervisor Reggie Underwood said he doesn't want wild animals in his district.

Information from: The Free Lance-Star,

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