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Widow Of Suicidal Animal Owner Pays Muskingum County Taxes

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) - The widow of an animal owner in eastern Ohio who released dozens of animals before committing suicide has paid more than $14,000 in back taxes. The Zanesville Times Recorder and WHIZ-TV report Marian Thompson paid the taxes Friday morning. She faced possible foreclosure on her 70 acres of land in Zanesville. Muskingum County Prosecutor Michael Haddox sent Thompson a letter in November warning of potential legal action. Court records show Thompson still owes more than $55,000 for two federal tax liens. Thompson's payment comes a week after two surviving leopards, two primates and a bear were returned to her farm. They had been kept at the Columbus zoo for months under a state quarantine order. Thompson's attorney told the newspaper Thursday he hadn't seen the foreclosure documents and couldn't comment.