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Published January 18, 2012, 10:33 PM

Area snake lovers heartbroken by storage unit discovery

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A follow up to our story about the 32 Ball Python snakes found dead in a Dilworth Storage Unit. As the Clay County Attorney's office considers charges against the owner of those snakes, pet stores and snake lovers are heartbroken that those Ball Pythons were left to die in the cold.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

A follow up to our story about the 32 Ball Python snakes found dead in a Dilworth Storage Unit. As the Clay County Attorney's office considers charges against the owner of those snakes, pet stores and snake lovers are heartbroken that those Ball Pythons were left to die in the cold.

PETCo’s Melissa McKay is not only a reptile expert here at the Fargo store, she is a snake lover and owner of two of her own Ball Pythons. One of them, Gil as CSI Gil. So when she heard about our story involving the 32 Ball Pythons left to die in a Dilworth Storage unit.

Melissa McKay – PETCo Reptile Expert: “It made me sick to my stomach; there are other options than storing them in a garage.”

And it is not just the cost of the snake but the responsibility, eating and heating them.

Melissa McKay: “Know what you are doing before you get one and just because you like them does not mean you need 30 or 50 of them. “

She and other snake lovers involved in the local Herpetological Society for reptile raisers, are concerned about those who think raising a $200 slithering snake is simple.

Melissa McKay: “Better to have them as pets; why not just have one as a pet and not for breeding?”

Melissa says PETCo and her reptile society are prepared to take in pet reptiles in emergencies when people cannot care for them anymore, one way of preventing this tragedy from occuring again.

The owner of the dead snakes was contacted today for an interview. He declined.

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