MASON CITY — A 25-year-old Mason City man was fined $65 in magistrate court Tuesday for allowing his pet snake to be on the loose at the Holiday Inn earlier this month.

Police said Michael Salo permitted his 5-year-old bull python to be at large in a hallway without control or supervision on May 1. He was charged under the city animal-control ordinance.

Brandy Smith Branstad, hotel manager, said Tuesday employees noticed the snake at about 7 a.m. and notified authorities. The incident caused no disruption for patrons, she said.

“The man was a guest at the hotel. The snake was not,” Branstad said Tuesday.

Branstad said Salo was apologetic about the incident.

“We like to think of ourselves as pet friendly,” she said, “but when we say that, we really mean cats and dogs.”

 

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Is this the motel that runs all the background checks on people?

Todd Blodgett
Todd Blodgett

Let's find a good home for that snake and other loose snakes, especially rattlers and other poisonous ones. I'm thinking they belong in certain mail boxes at homes of certain trouble makers who are ruining parts of Mason City's North End ...

Like they say: Take a Bite out of Crime.

rivercityfan
rivercityfan

The inconsiderate IDIOT!

rivercityfan
rivercityfan

[quote]Todd Blodgett said: "Let's find a good home for that snake and other loose snakes, especially rattlers and other poisonous ones. I'm thinking they belong in certain mail boxes at homes of certain trouble makers who are ruining parts of Mason City's North End ... Like they say: Take a Bite out of Crime. "[/quote]

Let's put the snake back where it belongs. In the wild!
It's WRONG to put animals, reptiles and birds in cages!

Arthur
Arthur

Chop its head off and bury it. That monster (the snake) is not a pet and has no prospect of a happy (Geez) life in a place with sub-zero winters. This is not a garter snake that can be returned to the wild.

hueman17
hueman17

Stupid Asp...

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