More than 160 animals seized from home on city's NW side
Teen owner said he did nothing wrong
Last Updated: 92 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Animal Care and Control officers seized more than 160 animals from a northwest side home Tuesday afternoon.
The teen owner of the pets, Chris Young, said taking care of his reptile collection takes up a big part of his life.
"My reptile collection is everything to me. It's my way of life," Young said.
But IACC said that way of life was dangerous for Young, his parents and the neighborhood. One big concern was the large number of snakes.
"In one room, there were well over 75 snakes, and that was his bedroom," Marcus Brown with IACC said.
IACC also found a pig, a goat and numerous rabbits at the home, and then the staff came upon the barn.
"Inside the barn were hundreds of large rats, feeder rats. They were all white and multiple rabbits. He observed a numerous amount of dead rats. The rats were feeding on each other because they had no food or water back there," Brown explained.
"I'm a legitimate business. I'm an LLC. I pay taxes. I'm licensed to sell exotic animals," Young said.
He said he did nothing wrong and didn’t break the law.
But IACC said the animals weren’t getting the proper care, among other violations. In all, 163 animals were seized. Young was allowed to keep some of the others.
"I'm not doing well at all. I love all of my animals, and last thing I wanted to do was have me pack up my animals to send with them and pick and choose which ones meant more to me and which ones didn't," Young said.
Young’s dad was cited with 181 counts of care and treatment violations.
His father was also arrested for obstruction of justice because he tried to flee with one of the animas when IACC arrived.
The family claimed the pig was therapeutic for Young’s mother who is not well.
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