QUITMAN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - Officials with the Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT) in Fort Worth say the arrival of dozens of snakes at their facility is going to be a huge financial responsibility for them.
The 79 boa constrictors, pythons and anacondas are part of an animal abuse case.
A Louisiana man, wanted for failing to appear in court on animal abuse charges, was arrested in East Texas, along with the snakes. Wood County deputies say 45-year-old David James Beauchemin of Oakdale, La., was arrested in Quitman on Wednesday on 22 outstanding warrants accusing him of failure to appear in court as ordered in Allen Parish, La.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Kilan Polk tells the Tyler Morning Telegraph that deputies rescued the snakes, some as long as 20 feet, when Beauchemin was taken into custody.
HSNT officials say the snakes cannot be placed for adoption since they are part of a criminal investigation. Once the case is closed workers say they will do their best to place the serpents.
Until the case is cleared the snakes must be cared for. Humane Society workers are hoping the public can help offset the financial impact on the organization by donating aquariums, heating lamps, ceramic discs, or anything ‘snake related’.
Cash donations can also be made on the Humane Society of North Texas website. Donors can designate that they want their support to go toward medical care expenses for the snakes.
Beauchemin remains in Wood County Jail without bond pending extradition and any Texas charges.
Quitman is about 80 miles east of Dallas.