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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