Cottonwood Heights collector told to get rid of 28 of his 29 exotic snakes

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  • Roscoe West Jordan, UT
    May 2, 2013 2:59 p.m.

    All it takes is one nosy neighbor with too much free time on his hands to make life tough for the average guy.

  • EricR ,
    April 29, 2013 2:26 a.m.

    ^^^Wrong. Utah is not Florida. Boas and pythons are tropical, ectothermic animals and cannot survive or thrive in Utah's climate. These are animals will sucuumb to the cold, or many other factors within hours if escaped or released into said environment. Pythons are a localized issue in only 2 counties of the very southern tip of Florida, where even there, they are dwindling...

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    April 28, 2013 4:42 a.m.

    The problem of responsible owners of "pets" they seldom seem to recognize when they become overwhelmed and out of control. As they age and he ages his ability to be accountable diminish then they become a hazard.

    Just feeding that many exotic constrictor snakes takes more feral animals than a neighborhood can supply and if not a millionaire then its is also cost prohibitive to buy food.

    Cages and holding cells are also a problem from the looks of this too large a constrictor in too small a glass jar.

    I think the city and state has a reason to be concerned before he releases these animals in the wild and end up like Florida with a boa constrictor and wild pig population overwhelming the natural habitat and livestock and farm lands.

  • Bearone Monroe, UT
    April 26, 2013 11:41 p.m.

    Guess you can have numerous cats, several dogs, etc, etc---but are limited to ONE snake??
    What a stupid example of government over-reach!
    I hope he gets legal help and wins. And how stupid to think he can resolve the problem in one week! Give him reasonable time or maybe the reasonable solution would be to release them at the next council meeting and let the "smartest people in the world" deal with them.

    Now is the time for "Common Sense" to make an appearance in Cottowood Heights government operations.

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    April 26, 2013 9:40 p.m.

    Hopefully the zoo, a pet store, or someone with some space can come forward and help this guy out. They city should just give this guy a permit since he has shown he is serious about taking good care of them.

    It does make you wonder why our tax dollars go towards stuff like this. Doesn't law enforcement have more important things to do? Unfortunately there is a need to have laws and ordinances like this because there are people some pet owners who are irresponsible. This guy isn't one of them.

  • themeow Ogden, UT
    April 26, 2013 9:17 p.m.

    Not surprised that someone with the name "Obama10" has a problem with somebody else making more money than them. Who cares how much money this guy spends on his hobby? Just because you don't spend $100K on your hobbies doesn't mean that nobody else should be allowed to.

    The idea that he would release any of these snakes into the wild is just asinine. He obviously cares very much about them, and obviously spent a lot of money on them. Why would he just throw away all that time and money?

    And WHY are responsible pet owners being punished for having "too many" well cared for animals? A person can have one pet that they abuse or neglect and nothing happens, but if a person has 29 happy and healthy pets, the law comes after them. Unbelievable.

  • jazzlover Highland, UT
    April 26, 2013 9:14 p.m.

    He should fight this battle. This is absurd that he is not allowed to keep his pets, especially given the fact that they are well maintained and cared for. Give the guy a break!

  • AT Elk River, MN
    April 26, 2013 7:58 p.m.

    "Cobb conceded that ignorance isn't an excuse for not getting a permit" What??? Really? Of course ignorance is an excuse, a very good one. The state has no business messing with this man. You shouldn't need a permit to do keep pets as this man does, that harms no one else. Ignorance is a perfect excuse.

    As for the neighbor... I'm not sure there's anything I can say about this person that will make it past the DN civil dialogue filter.

  • amazondoc USA, TN
    April 26, 2013 7:53 p.m.

    This whole situation is ridiculous. Don't people have better things to worry about than a guy responsibly pursuing his chosen hobby?

    And the fact that he's spending so much on his hobby is only a sign that he's doing it right. Leave the guy alone, for heaven's sake. Boas with exotic mutations can indeed sell for several thousand dollars apiece. If he's smart enough to make enough money that he can invest it in his snakes, that's his prerogative. Reptile businesses help to support the econonmy too, after all!

    This is exactly the sort of case that makes me hate animal limits. They punish the guys who are doing it right just as much as the guys who are doing it wrong. And in the meantime, moving those snakes is going to put them at a high risk of stress and death. So a law that is meant to *protect* animals ends up endangering them instead. Way to go, guys!

  • mark99 LINDON, UT
    April 26, 2013 7:06 p.m.

    So.. the Hogle Zoo or someplace in Utah might be willing to use these animals for educational purposes until this guy can sort his world out.

  • joe9 MAPLETON, UT
    April 26, 2013 5:52 p.m.

    This is ridiculous. Who cares how many snakes he has! why is there any city ordinance that mandates how many snakes you can have? This is so stupid it blows my mind. To bad this guy is surrounded by lame neighbors.

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    April 26, 2013 5:24 p.m.

    wow, obama and truth, two names that rarely go together, but here they both show how lack of facts can lead someone to look dumb. For all intents and purposes, this young man has his stuff together. He has a hobby that is important to HIM, who cares if you don't spend 100k on your hobby? I have a few that I would love to spend that kind of money on, if I had it. To each his own. Kudos to him for having the integrity to keep them well taken care of and managed. Calling someone a "fruitcake" for having a different view than yourself really shows why lots of people think this is the most judgmental state in the Union.

    It appears to me that he is well educated and well intentioned enough to have these pets. I personally wouldn't want even one snake, but he has proved that he can take care of them. He is better with 29 snakes than most dog owners are with 1 dog!

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    April 26, 2013 5:10 p.m.

    As a resident of Cottonwood Heights I think that the City needs to apply some common sense and prosecutorial discretion.

    It is not costing the city a dime to allow these to remain.

    The animals are not being mistreated. They are not a danger to anyone. The owner is obviously a responsible owner and has serious scientific interest in snakes.

    Grant his a waiver, exemption or whatever is needed, or create an exotic snake permit and give him one now.

    Then use the time of our cops and prosecutors to go after drug dealers, speeders, child molesters, domestic violence people and the like.

    Sometimes laws just do not make sense and should be ignored or changed. This is such a case.

    No, I don't like snakes and would not have one in my house, but have no objection to this man having them in the manner he is doing it now.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    April 26, 2013 4:37 p.m.

    I hope the state keeps an eye on this fruitcake.......or he may just release these snakes in his backyard!

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    April 26, 2013 4:13 p.m.

    A 29 year old spending $100K on snakes? Who says there is a recession or that economic times are tough. I have passions and hobbies also, but I don't spend $100K on them.