Man Gets Fined for Not Having Snake on Leash

Jerry Kimball was minding his own business when he  let his his four-month old Fire Bee Ball Python take a bathroom break in  the grass at South Dakota's Falls Park. According to animal control, he  was breaking the law. 

Kimball was given a $190-ticket for "animals running at large." “It  was April Fool’s Day, so I thought he was playing a joke,” the snake  owner explains. “They’re not fast creatures. They’re not going to run  away.”

He says he was told by the animal control officer to put a leash on  his snake, which Kimball points out doesn't make much sense. While  Animal Control Supervisor Julie DeJong agrees a leash  is pretty silly, she does think Kimball should consider some people may  be afraid of snakes. To Kimball, that's all the more reason to take his  pet outside. “That’s my purpose in life: To let people know that snakes  aren’t killers,” he adds. “What better way to give back than to help  people understand these misunderstood creatures.”

Source: Argus Leader