Ohio Animal Massacre w/t (1 x 60′) – A compelling new film about the extraordinary event that shook a small American town in Ohio as it played host to the largest release of wild animals in US history. Zanesville hit the headlines and was at the centre of a media storm when 48 animals were shot and slaughtered in the middle of the street after residents were left fearing for their lives.
On Tuesday 18th October 2011, Terry Thompson, owner of the private Muskingum County Animal Farm threw open the cages of 50 wild animals putting the whole town in danger before committing suicide and pulling the trigger on himself. The Sheriff’s deputies were left with no choice but to slaughter the roaming animals which included 18 Bengal tigers, 17 lions, six black bears, a pair of grizzlies, three mountain lions, two wolves and a baboon – resulting in devastating consequences.
This remarkable film explores in detail how the dramatic series of events unfolded. Through gripping archive footage of the police hunt for the wild animals and exclusive access to the key people who were found themselves at the centre of the massacre, it will re-live the horror of the animal tragedy and discuss what could have motivated Thompson to commit such atrocious actions against his animals.
Channel: Channel 4 (True Stories strand)
Producer: Minnow Films
TX: Spring / Summer 2012
Source: Channel 4 press release