Des Moines Man gets Probation in Exotic Animal Case

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Des Moines Man gets Probation in Exotic Animal Case

By Becky Ogann

Story Updated: Oct 10, 2008 at 4:31 PM CDT

DES MOINES (AP) – A Des Moines man has been placed on probation in a case
involving exotic animals.

Larry Eddinger also promised the judge that he'd scale back his collection.

Eddinger kept two pythons, a pair of alligators and other animals in a vacant
house, which became a magnet for curious kids in the neighborhood.

Assistant City Attorney Kathy Massier argued the alligators and big snakes
were a hazard to children, who wanted to see the other animals – rabbits, guinea
pigs, birds and turtles.

Judge William Price agreed. Eddinger was put on probation for a year and
fined $1,000. Price told Eddinger he can keep eight corn and king snakes and
four turtles. He can also keep the pythons if he gets the proper permits.


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