Sections

Weather Forecast

Close
Advertisement

Man charged in Minn. dead snakes case

Email Sign up for Breaking News Alerts
News Brainerd,MN 56401 http://www.brainerddispatch.com/sites/all/themes/brainerddispatch_theme/images/social_default_image.png
Brainerd Dispatch
customer support
Man charged in Minn. dead snakes case
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — The owner of 32 dead snakes found in a storage locker near Dilworth faces a felony charge of mistreating animals by torture.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Forty-nine-year-old Henry Atherton also is charged with depriving food and shelter and abandoning the snakes.

A criminal complaint in Clay County District Court says Atherton brought the snakes to western Minnesota from Florida. Atherton told investigators he planned to sell the snakes but he wasn't able to find them homes, so he placed them in the storage locker.

The ball pythons were discovered last week when deputies were called to investigate an odor.

A home telephone number for Atherton could not be found. KFGO-AM reports Atherton's first court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 14.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Advertisement
Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
(218) 855-5889
Advertisement
Advertisement