Prompted by poor conditions found at a snake breeder’s facility near Oakdale, a House committee Wednesday unanimously approved Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill’s legislation setting restrictions on sales and housing of dangerous reptiles.
Hill, D-Dry Creek, said neighbors of the “High End Herps Inc.” facility near Oakdale have been complaining about their pets disappearing, possibly being used as snake food, and expressing fears that snakes could escape.
“It’s the pythons and poisonous snakes I’m definitely scared of,” Hill said. “The sheriff’s hands are tied and the D.A.’s hands are tied because we don’t have a law.”
An ad on its website offering constrictors longer than the 12-foot limited allowed by state law without a permit prompted the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Department to investigate in March. It contacted the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries after finding 22 pythons longer than the 12 feet limit that triggers current state law requiring a permit for ownership.
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