Neb. man gets probation for venomous snakes

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha area man who kept up to 30 venomous snakes in his home has been placed on probation, fined $600 and ordered not to have any snakes for a year.

The Omaha World-Herald (http://bit.ly/TLGzIO) says a Douglas County judge sentenced John Foss Jr. on Wednesday after he pleaded no contest to six animal-cruelty charges.

Authorities seized the snakes in June from Foss' home in Elkhorn. A tip led officials to the house where they found cobras, black mambas, vipers and rattlesnakes in aquariums in a bedroom.

Foss describes himself as a hobbyist who has handled snakes for more than 20 years. The snakes are now at Omaha' Henry Doorly Zoo.

It's illegal to keep venomous snakes within the Omaha city limits.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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