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.