Sherriff on Killing Animals: 'Deputies Are Upset'

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz defends his decision to put animals down.
2:40 | 10/20/11

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Transcript for Sherriff on Killing Animals: 'Deputies Are Upset'
Now for the latest we turn to muskingum county sheriff Matt -- who joins us right now in. And sheriff can you tell us right now about the monkey can you confirm that it is no longer a threat. Robin we we still are considering the -- it is basically an account for. There is a possibility that it would be -- however we have had no reports for many of our public about seeing any thing. And we've we've also. Considered the fact that it's -- it's a high probability. Of that month He was -- By one of the big cats we did have a monkey that was killed by one of the cats and this other -- would have been in the same area. And sheriff I know that you have to have heard the criticism people asking why did you have to issue the orders shoot to kill. -- -- -- I thought about since the criticism started to understand there's going to be -- -- that are deputies are upset that they had to do what they had to do. But at the time of this incident. I made that decision. As well as what the deputies -- in front of them. And at this point. You know as I've said before we do not carry tranquilizer guns and our car. We called for the wilds and we called for the zoo. Immediately but -- there is a travel time involved there and prepared this time to get ready for that. The other hurdle we had -- was darkness. We tried to tranquilizer cat yesterday morning at 930. That was was. Very close to being attacked in the -- was very close to getting away from a so. You never know -- -- He wasn't gonna respond to a tranquilizer. Let alone 56 animals or -- -- at that point. Animals that. You never know how they're gonna react. There were a number. Locals who called over the years about the deplorable conditions at the farm animals. On the loose you have said that you were you -- aware of the owner and the conditions there sheriff looking back. Could you have done something differently to have avoided this tragedy. -- I don't think so. We we have been there are numerous times and we have been told that He was acting. Under what. Minimum middle all there was at the time. To be housing the example Terry Thompson -- the owner. Are you going to be releasing any more -- counts about his death today. Yes we have some other details that we -- -- nothing. As I've said before nothing has been found. Nothing was found at the scene -- in reference to an. The suspect foul play at all. Now -- -- thank you very much again for being with us this morning we appreciate it sir thank you --

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