ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - The state of New Mexico removed three young children from aNortheast Heights Albuquerque home Monday as cops and city workersremoved more than 50 snakes and other reptiles. A city workerdescribed the home as "disgusting." A neighbor called the situation"creepy."
Albuquerque animal control officers pulled snakes, lizards, andrats from a home near Tramway and Montgomery boulevards.
Residents of Las Kivas Apartments where the reptiles were foundsaid they had no idea their neighbors were hoarding cold-bloodedanimals and their prey.
“This is animal hoarding at its worst,” saidAlbuquerque animal control spokesman Rick Dereyes.
Dereyes said more than 50 snakes - including boa constrictorsand pythons with some reaching 6-feet in length - six lizards, plussome rats were all found caged. There were also dead reptiles androdents, plus feces and urine in many rooms of the home, accordingto city inspectors.
This problem was only discovered after a teacher smelled urineon one of the three children and reported it to the Children Youthand Families Department. CYFD checked out the home and calledpolice. CYFD pulled the children, ages 3 to 8, from the home. Theyare currently staying with relatives. The city said the parentscould face animal neglect charges.
The Safe City Strike Force inspected and shut down the home,calling it “substandard.” Animal control seized theanimals. Animal control said it may place the reptiles up foradoption soon.
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