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Ezekiel Elliot’s dad charged in connection with exotic cat attack

Published: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 1:11 PM

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The father of Dallas Cowboys and former Ohio State football player Ezekiel Elliott faces 21 charges in connection to an exotic cat found loose in Canal Winchester.

On Tuesday, the Ohio Department of Agriculture and several other state agencies filed the charges against Stacy Elliott, aka Stacy El-Muhammad.

On Oct. 13, neighbors reported the serval attacked a family dog. A responding Fairfield County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed the animal.

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Investigators with ODA and the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the property as part of the investigation. They spoke with El-Muhammad, who claimed he was keeping the serval, but wasn’t the owner.

Investigators were able to use the animal’s microchip to trace its ownership, determining it had been sold to El-Muhammad, who does not hold the required permit to own a serval in Ohio, according to the ODA.

All of the charges are misdemeanors. A first-degree misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.