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52 pythons, 108 rodents seized in Brown County

January 29, 2021 GMT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Humane Society says it took in 160 snakes and rodents after authorities in Brown County seized them due to an ordinance violation.

A total of 52 ball python snakes, 84 rats and 24 mice were seized on Thursday in what the Humane Society is calling the largest single-day animal seizure in recent memory.

The Humane Society is seeking donations, as well as people to foster the animals temporarily. Because there is an ongoing investigation, the animals cannot be adopted at this time, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

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“Pythons, rats and mice need really specialized habitats in order to be well cared for, things like aquariums and heat lamps,” said Angela Speed, spokeswoman for the Humane Society. “Our staff is really focused on upgrading their habitats from plastic Rubbermaid containers to aquariums and proper housing.”

The animals have been distributed to Humane Society locations statewide and to foster homes to ease the burden. Speed said some will need medical care. Although it is still unclear, Speed said they believe the rodents were being bred as food for the snakes.

Speed said the Humane Society does not feed live animals to other animals.

“We adopt out rats and mice every day at the Wisconsin Humane Society as companions and loving pets to people,” Speed said. “They can be very affectionate and loving pets.”