Reporting Rochelle Ritchie
PASADENA, Md. (WJZ)—Dozens of animals, including many exotic pets, were seized from a home in Anne Arundel County. Now the person living at that home is speaking to WJZ.
Rochelle Ritchie has more on the unusual case.
From reptiles to mammals, Animal Control removed dozens from his home. Some were alive, but others were dead.
Shane Taylor, 21, is shedding tears. He could face several charges after Anne Arundel County Animal Control took 40 animals from his home, including a 15-foot yellow python.
“I honestly don’t know what I’ll do without them,” Taylor said.
A warrant had been issued on the home after Animal Control received anonymous tips of the zoo quickly building inside.
“This is the case where the owner took on more than he could handle,” said Robin Small, Anne Arundel County Animal Control.
The animals taken: two dogs, one cat, two turtles, seven birds, four chickens, a goat, a pig, a chinchilla, three snakes, 12 aquatic animals, three geese, a duck, a tarantula and a kinkajou–also known as “honey bear.”
This is not Taylor’s first run in with Animal Control. In August, animals capable of transmitting rabies were removed from his care. They all tested negative.
“That can certainly pose a public safety concern had they made it out in the public,” Small said.
Taylor tells us that not all of the animals were rescue animals. Some of them were his own.
“I would give up anything just to have my dog and my bird and my snakes back,” he said.
Animal Control removed dead animals and say those that were living did not have food and water.
Taylor says some of the animals, such as the exotic birds, were handed down from family members and others were dropped off on his doorstep. He says he was nursing them back to health and then putting them up for adoption–although he doesn’t have a business or veterinary license.
“I don’t have a license yet, but I’m working on all the paperwork,” Taylor said.
The animals are not up for adoption, pending the outcome of this investigation.
Animal Control has not said what charges Taylor could face.