Man found dead — along with 60 venomous snakes and an alligator — inside Pennsylvania home
A 911 call for an unresponsive man led to police finding more than 150 reptiles at a home in western Pennsylvania, CBS Pittsburgh. Reported.
Authorities were called to the home in Alicopa, about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, on Tuesday. Police said they found a 23-year-old man dead, although it was unclear how he died. Officials said the house housed more than 150 reptiles, including 60 venomous snakes and a crocodile.
“There was a cobra, there was a rattlesnake, a black mamba,” said Jim Bologna, a code enforcement officer.
Officers also found a 3-year-old girl inside the home in a high chair near a venomous snake. The Office of Children, Youth and Families was called to the scene.
“Nobody should have that many venomous snakes anywhere,” said Aliquippa resident Valerie McDermott. “They must be destroyed.”
Authorities said the child and four adults in the home were from Ohio, Tennessee and Colorado and had recently moved. Officials said they had come to sell animals.
“These people have a business they run,” Bologna said. “They sell reptiles, venomous and non-venomous. They moved here, last two months or so.”
The reptiles were transported to an exotic pet store in Ambridge that works with the Beaver County Humane Society.
People renting homes in Aliquippa were allowed to stay, but they violated city code and could face fines.
CBS Pittsburgh reached out to the landlord but did not immediately receive a response.
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