Father of former OSU football star charged in connection with exotic animal attack, state officials say

Father of former OSU football star charged in connection with exotic animal attack, state officials say
State officials say a loose serval cat, a breed native to Africa, attacked a family dog in a Reynoldsburg neighborhood. (Source: Ohio Department of Agriculture)

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (FOX19) - The father of former Ohio State football star and NFL player Ezekial Elliott was arrested Tuesday in connection with a wild animal attack in a Columbus-area neighborhood, the Ohio Department of Agriculture reports.

State officials say a loose serval cat, a breed native to Africa, attacked a family dog in Canal Winchester on Oct. 13.

Fairfield County deputies fatally shot the cat which investigators later determined belonged to Stacy Elliott, a.k.a. Stacy El-Muhammad, the ODA says.

They say Stacy told authorities he was keeping the cat but wasn’t the owner.

Investigators say the serval had a microchip and they were able to trace it back Stacy.

They say he does not have a permit to own a serval in Ohio.

Stacey faces nine charges among them possession of a dangerous wild animal, failure to obtain a permit for a DWA obstruction of official business and falsification.

He also faces 12 additional charges from other involved agencies.

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