Sheriff: No Tigers Loose In Athens County

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The Athens County Sheriff’s office is trying to dispel rumors that dangerous wild animals are loose in Athens County.

According to Sheriff Rodney Smith, the Sheriff’s office has received several calls saying that a vehicle transporting animals to the Columbus Zoo has crashed and that a tiger is now on the loose.

Sheriff Smith said “I would like to make the public aware that this information is false, it is a rumor that has been spread throughout Athens County. Please be assured there are no wildlife animals that were being transported to the Columbus Zoo and are on the loose from a vehicle crash here in Athens County.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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