Exotic snake collector keeps his pets — for now

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  • joseywales Park City, UT
    May 6, 2013 1:18 p.m.

    I think this guy could be used as an example of proper pet ownership. The way he cares for them and manages them is really great. I know many people with ONE dog or cat that aren't as responsible as this guy is with 30+ snakes. If people can really show that they have the means and ways to take care of them, why have silly rules as to a number.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    May 3, 2013 11:37 p.m.

    As a Cottonwood Heights resident (who does not particularly like snakes) I really want the Mayor and Council to show some leadership and common sense in applying an ordinance that is vague and probably not even worth having at all.

    Issue the permit and agree that it is a one critter minimum with no maximum.

    If necessary, adopt a new ordinance that allows for an exotic snake permit to keep up to 50 of them, but put a limit of one or two permits to be in use at a time. Give this guy a permit, and then let's get busy working on stuff that is important to our development or public safety. This clearly is neither.

  • themeow Ogden, UT
    May 3, 2013 11:15 p.m.

    Thomas has handled this situation very well. I am so impressed with him personally and professionally. I hope that this situation will help to educate the public and help fight the hype and ignorance that tends to permeate the media when snakes are involved. Let exotic animal owners keep their pets! Persecute the irresponsible owners, not the ones with pristine cages and healthy animals!

  • Snake Man Holladay, UT
    May 3, 2013 10:59 p.m.

    Congratulations Thomas, and thanks to the Mayor for having the common sense to offer a solution to what should never have been a problem in the first place.

    As someone who educates people about the value and benefits of snakes, I am constantly surprised by the amount of ignorance about snake that is so rampant even in the information age. It is refreshing to see logic and intelligence prevail for a change.