Alligators, venomous snakes found in search of Thousand Oaks home

Alligators, venomous snakes found in search of Thousand Oaks home

A California man was arrested Thursday after a search of his property uncovered dozens of highly unsafe snakes, alligators and reptiles.

That was when officials discovered that Kates, who had a California Department of Fish and Wildlife restricted permit, was violating the conditions to possess "very unsafe and highly regulated" animals at his Thousand Oaks home. The #Thousand Oaks Acorn reports that there have been incidents of a cobra escaping from the same home twice over the last three years, terrorizing the neighbors and biting one dog.

A man was arrested on charges of animal cruelty after authorities found dozens of "very dangerous" reptiles, including alligators and venomous snakes, Thursday in his Southern California home.

A pool full of eight 2- to 3-foot alligators and 100 venomous snakes were discovered during a search of a home in the 1300 block of Rancho Lane, a narrow, barely paved street off Hillcrest Drive, according to law enforcement.

Kates was charged with cruelty to animals, according to KABC-TV.

Animal control public information officer Don Barre says the neighbor drove a vehicle over the snake, killing it. People in the Thousand Oaks neighborhood grew concerned after a resident ran over a white cobra that had gotten loose.

The Department of Animal Care and Control launched a criminal investigation following the second sighting of a cobra within three years, which led to the issuance of two search warrants, the agency said.

Authorities say Kates has permits but he appears to be in violation of animal-keeping rules. The neighbor then drove a auto over the snake and killed it. Investigators then established the cobra had come from the home where an albino monocle cobra escaped in 2014, taking days to capture and biting a whippet dog. The snake was eventually sent to the San Diego Zoo, where it went on exhibit a few months later.

Authorities said that the animals were removed both for their safety as well as that of the public at large.



Other news