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Letters: Keep snake dream alive

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  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 4, 2013 4:12 p.m.

    Snakes probably don't appreciate living in locked cages in a basement.

  • mom of three Holladay, UT
    May 2, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    i agree. here is a guy that knows what he is doing, takes care of the snakes and has them in locked cages. there is no reason he shouldn't have them. if he needs a permit, give him a permit. what is the problem. there are probably several instances of this around the county but they haven't been caught. i can't believe the neighbor called police after seeing this guy clean out a cage. unbelievable. if there haven't been any problems, then stay out of this guys business. the same problem exists with dogs and cats. now that i've licensed mine, if i don't in the future, i get fined. however, many people don't but nothing is done. it's only a matter of who gets caught..

  • Demo Dave Holladay, UT
    May 1, 2013 2:57 p.m.

    The entire reptile community, and most of the community at large wish Mr. Cobb a positive resolution to this issue.

    There are thousands of "exotic" animals in private residences all over the Salt Lake Valley, so this isolated act of persecution by the city of Cottonwood Heights is unwarranted. Mr. Cobb's snakes aren't a threat to anyone.

    It's too bad that one of Mr. Cobb's neighbors is so afraid of snakes that he or she would make this a contentious issue and that the city would actually enforce such a frivolous ordinance in a case where the animals are well cared for and present no threat to anyone. And since when are frozen rodents illegal?

    The neighbor should take some time to educate him or her self about snakes. Otherwise, it is the neighbor who should have to move. I think most of us would even help him/her load the truck.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    May 1, 2013 5:36 a.m.

    Absolutely. Give him a permit. Make an exception. This is exactly why mercy is needed and not just justice alone.

    He needs a mediator perhaps to help him. If I lived nearby and could do much... Maybe some crowdsourcing to raise some funds might help?