Published: Wednesday, May 1 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
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?
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.
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..
Snakes probably don't appreciate living in locked cages in a basement.
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