Forty distressed pythons rescued from Canadian motel room

Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:04pm EDT

(Reuters) - Canadian authorities have rescued 40 distressed pythons from a motel room where they were being improperly held in plastic storage bins, police said on Friday.

Police found the snakes, ranging from 1 foot to 4-1/2 feet in length, in a motel in Brantford, a city about 100 km (62 miles) southwest of Toronto.

"The snakes were not being suitably cared for and were in distress. The anxious officers called the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals who attended and took 40 pythons into their care," local police said in a statement.

The snakes are expected to be fine, they said. No one at the Brantford police or at the SPCA were available for comment.

A manager at the motel said the snakes belonged to a couple who had checked into a room for one night, and who were out when police arrived on Thursday evening.

Pythons are not legal for home ownership in Brantford, according to the city's animal control bylaws.

Last week, two young boys in Eastern Canada died after a 13-foot (3.96-metre), 100-lb (45-kg) python apparently attacked them in their sleep. An autopsy confirmed the two died of asphyxiation.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Comments (2)
FriscoJohn wrote:
In gratitude for their rescue, the pythons announced in honor of police who helped them, they were changing their group name to “Mountie” and will become members of a flying circus. The name of their troupe is left to the reader to discern.

Aug 19, 2013 1:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
leumasmc wrote:
Analysis: The snakes probably weren’t distressed, I doubt anyone could keep 40 pythons alive for long if they couldn’t take care of them properly.
The hotel owner was likely the one who was distressed, having over 40 snakes in his hotel after international news broke about two children being killed by a similar species.
SPCA most likely euthanized the reptiles. That seems to be their usual modus operandi.
Regardless, there will probably be lawsuits getting thrown around either by the owners of the snakes, or the hotel manager.

Aug 19, 2013 1:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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