Monday, December 18, 2006

"13-foot pet boa kills owner in Ohio"

Just a friendly reminder: some animals really don't make good pets.

CINCINNATI - A 13-foot boa constrictor wrapped itself around its owner's neck and killed the man in his home, authorities said.

An acquaintance found Ted Dres, 48, inside the snake's cage Saturday and called police, the Hamilton County Sheriff's office said.

The snake was still strangling Dres when deputies arrived, and the officers had to work with members of an animal protection group to remove the reptile, the sheriff's office said.

Dogs are good pets. Cats marginally so. But snakes? Not really.

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