Authorities Confiscate Unlicensed Animals from Pet Store in Python Deaths Case

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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Concerned authorities in Campbellton, N.B., have begun arrangements to confiscate more than a dozen unlicensed exotic animals from a pet store located under the apartment where two young brothers tragically passed away after being strangled by an African rock python. Manager of the Magnetic Hill Zoo in Moncton, N.B., Bruce Dougan, explained that it is expected to take almost days to safely remove all 16 animals and place them in crates. Among the unlicensed animals are four large American alligators, six crocodiles and numerous tortoises.

Dougan has been aiding officials in removing animals from the pet store. He explained that the tortoises are scheduled to arrive at his zoo, while the remaining exotic animals will be shifted to the Indian River Reptile Zoo in Ontario. The news of the tragic deaths of Connor and Noah Barthe caught public attention on Monday and soon spread to sympathizers across the country, majority of which were shocked by how the brothers died. An entry on the boys’ guest book by Natalie Roy from St. Paul, Alta., read that “my deepest sympathy to the parents and family. Now words can take the pain away but may they bring you comfort in these hard times. We are thinking and praying for you.”

The two brothers are going to be remembered at a funeral service scheduled to take place in Campbellton on Saturday. An obituary for the two boys reads: “Passed away in Campbellton on August 5th, Connor Barthe, age 6 years, 11 months and Noah Barthe, age 4 years, 8 months of Campbellton, sons of Mandy Trecartin and Andrew Barthe.”

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