Monday, August 28, 2006

Snakes on a MySpace profile: the ugly consequences

CNET "General rule of thumb: If you own an illegal pet, you probably shouldn't put a picture of it on your MySpace profile. Unfortunately, no one told that to a man in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. His beloved 90-pound pet python, Isis, was confiscated last week by animal control authorities.
According to WCNC News, the owner--no name is given, but he goes by 'Smokey McBlunt' on MySpace--used his social networking page to showcase photos of himself with Isis around his neck. His neighbors caught wind of it, feared for their pets' (and their own) safety, and contacted the local animal control center. As it turns out, owning a 90-pound snake in that region isn't just scary--it's illegal. Isis was promptly whisked away to a Tennessee rescue center."

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