Police Say Canton Woman Didn't Care For Her Exotic Animals

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Police say a woman didn't properly care for a lion, two peacocks, a goat and other animals she housed in a rural area.

Melanie Szegedi has pleaded innocent to charges of animal cruelty filed by police in Magnolia in northeast Ohio.

The charges accuse Szegedi of keeping a lion, a goat, two peacocks and two potbelly pigs in confinement without sufficient food and water.

Authorities also say Szegedi had a raccoon and several dogs in confinement without providing proper exercise and fresh air.

Several bears Szegedi had on the property died earlier this summer.

Magnolia Police Chief Jeff Hager says Szegedi cared for the animals but too many had been taken in to be safe.