Sssssssnakes source of sssssssssssssalmonella; mother charged with child abuse
Posted: June 30th, 2010 - 3:12pm
Snakes shouldn’t be on a plane. And 50 of them shouldn’t be living with young kids (or anyone).
City officials in Albuquerque, New Mexico, say three kids, ages 8, 6 and 2, along with their mother, were found on Monday living with more than 50 live snakes and some lizards.
A city public safety spokesperson called the conditions "deplorable," saying there was pet feces and urine all over the apartment. He also says the people inside were hoarders making it difficult for investigators to move around.
Animal Welfare officials say the snakes were being bred to be sold and were found in boxes.
Cages of mice and rats were also found in the apartment. Animal welfare officials say they were being used to feed the snakes.
CYFD investigators made the discovery after one of the children showed up at school smelling of urine. CYFD then checked out the apartment and found the animals.
City officials say the mother is charged with child abuse. The children are now staying with relatives.