Witnesses Say Pythons Seized from Brantford Motel Belonged to Family

Witnesses have reported that a family with a number of children was staying in the Brantford, Ont., motel room where police found 40 ball pythons this week. An extraordinary number of about 40 snakes were found in five bins at the Bell City Motel on Colborne Street in Brantford on Thursday.

The manager of the motel informed The Canadian Press that the snakes were brought in by a local couple staying at the room for only one night, and police only arrived at the time when they had left. A guest in a neighbouring room at the Bell City Motel, Paul Sizer, also reciprocated the statement, informing that the couple had five young children, including a baby. He stated that “the first night I was afraid of [the snakes] getting out and coming after me.” Upon inquiry from the Brantford police, Sgt. Rick Ryerse revealed that the children’s aid was asked to investigate the situation. He explained that no charges have been laid so far, confirming that the probe is now in the hands of the SPCA. However, the Children’s aid claimed that they are no longer involved in the investigation.

Since the pythons are illegal to own in Brantford, its investigation is being carried out separately by the authorities. A spokesperson of the Brant County SPCA, Brandon James, stated that “early [Thursday] evening, the Brantford police called us to come out and assist with a large number of snakes they had found.” He explained that “when we arrived, we found very overcrowded conditions with approximately 40 snakes.”

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