Police search for suspect who left two snakes doused in gas in a fish tank


(WBRE/ WYOU)- A gut-renching story of animal abuse. 
      Freeland police are looking for someone who left two snakes for dead.

“This is a cowardly crime,” Chief Kevin Schuetrumpf, of Freeland Police Department said.

This red tail boa is lucky to be alive. Wednesday afternoon, he and a ball python were found in this fish tank with gasoline all over them.

The ball python didn’t survive. 

Police say the tank was left on Lynn Street in Freeland sometime between 10:30 a.m. And noon.
The tank reeked of gasoline when they found it. 

“You get gasoline on your hand, it’s a pretty cooling feeling. So I imagine that this animal was literally burning from the outside in,” Schuetrumpf said.

Cage-N-Tank in Hazle Township took in the snake to be treated. The pet store manager, Katie Graham says they used soap to help get rid of the smell.  

“There is absolutely no excuse. You could have easily given it to somebody that could have brought it to tons of rescue shelters. There is just no excuse for it. Absolutely none. Absolutely none,” Graham said.

The good news? Graham says within 24 hours of treatment the boa has had a turn around– and appears a lot more active.

Graham believes he is less than a year old. She says snakes and reptiles get abandoned more often than people think, but this case is anything but normal.

“Not as a severe as dowsing a living creature in gas,” Graham said.

There is a chance police could have surveillance video to help find the suspect.
     Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

The person responsible for this crime could face animal cruelty and littering charges. 

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