Galveston Police Department has found a future home for a 7-foot Colombian red tail boa constrictor that was seized in a League City animal cruelty case.
Moody Gardens will take the snake once its back in good health, said Ashley Tompkins, public relations coordinator for the Galveston nature tourist attraction.
“We’re working with Galveston Police Department,” Tompkins said. “We’re agreeing to take it on once its healthy.”
The 4-year-old snake, named Georgia, came to the police department in bad physical condition. The League City animal shelter asked Josh Henderson, supervisor of the Galveston Police Department animal service unit, to nurse her back to health because he’d previously worked with reptiles through his job.
“The snake is not in good health at the moment,” Henderson said.
Georgia has a bacterial infection on her mouth and a infection throughout her body, Henderson said. The condition in the mouth is improving, but the systemic infection takes longer to get over, he said.
“Snakes take a long time to heal,” Henderson said. “Its part of being cold blooded.”
Georgia was one of seven animals seized by League City animal control last month in an animal cruelty case.
The League City Police Department on Feb. 25 seized four dogs and three snakes, said Kim Schoolcraft, animal services manager at the League City animal shelter.
“The police department had gone on a call for service there and had described the animals in really bad conditions,” she said. “Hair loss, covered in fleas, feces and urine everywhere.”
Georgia in particular had injuries to its face and nose because it was “in a container that was way too small,” Schoolcraft said.
The animals were released to the League City shelter on March 1, when League City Municipal Court ruled that the case involved animal cruelty, Schoolcraft said.
The pets’ owners had 10 days to file an appeal and had not done so by the end of the day Friday, meaning the shelter can now begin finding homes for all of the animals, Schoolcraft said.
Schoolcraft said she doesn’t see animal cruelty cases often in League City.
“Seizing them is not our first option,” she said. “We felt the people were not going to be able to provide the care these animals needed.”