US police shoot and kill 6ft boa constrictor that crushed puppy to death

Snake humanely killed after it escaped from tank and wrapped itself round eight-month-old puppy in Amherst, Massachusetts

Police in Massachusetts say they shot and killed a pet boa constrictor after it fatally crushed a puppy.

Amherst animal welfare officer Carol Hepburn says a pet sitter called police at about 4.30pm on Wednesday to report that the snake, which she estimates was at least 6ft long, had escaped from its tank and wrapped it itself around the eight-month-old puppy.

Police tried unsuccessfully to pull the snake off the dog, and Hepburn says the dog was dead by the time she arrived. The pet sitter contacted the animals owner, who was overseas, and got permission for police to humanely kill the snake.

Hepburn dragged it from the house first.

It is not illegal to own boa constrictors in Massachusetts and no charges are expected.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us

US police shoot and kill 6ft boa constrictor that crushed puppy to death

Snake humanely killed after it escaped from tank and wrapped itself round eight-month-old puppy in Amherst, Massachusetts

Police in Massachusetts say they shot and killed a pet boa constrictor after it fatally crushed a puppy.

Amherst animal welfare officer Carol Hepburn says a pet sitter called police at about 4.30pm on Wednesday to report that the snake, which she estimates was at least 6ft long, had escaped from its tank and wrapped it itself around the eight-month-old puppy.

Police tried unsuccessfully to pull the snake off the dog, and Hepburn says the dog was dead by the time she arrived. The pet sitter contacted the animals owner, who was overseas, and got permission for police to humanely kill the snake.

Hepburn dragged it from the house first.

It is not illegal to own boa constrictors in Massachusetts and no charges are expected.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us