Leash Laws Not Just For Dogs, Snakes Too

How does one put a leash on a snake? That’s the question of the day.

Jerry Kimball was out for a walk, and he was holding his pet snake, a Fire Bee Ball Python. He was walking around a local park in his town, when he placed the snake in the grass for a “bathroom break.” That’s when an animal control officer wrote up a ticket for “animals running at large.”

The incident happened on April 1st, so Jerry thought it was just a joke. The ticket later showed up in the mail. Seriously. The suggestion he received from the officer was to put the snake on a leash. Seriously?

Animal control supervisor Julie DeJong says that it was really the “at large” part that the ticket was for, not for the “running” part, obviously since snakes, well, we don’t have to explain that one. She says about pets, “If it’s in public and it’s not on a leash, it’s at large.”

The answer? While snakes are allowed in public, they should be somehow contained, whether in a container, or on a restraint. Jerry is planning to fight the $190 ticket in court.


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