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Mystery of 10ft snake dumped in East Lancs canal

Lancashire Telegraph: The decomposing snake photographed by the resident who spotted it The decomposing snake photographed by the resident who spotted it

ANIMAL welfare officers are calling for witnesses after the decomposing carcass of a 10ft snake was found in the canal at Huncoat.

The RSPCA had to contact canal officials yesterday to remove the dead animal as it was so rotten that they could not pick it up.

A resident who lives near the site, off Altham Lane, noticed the huge body at around 8pm on Sunday evening.

He said that he was ‘sickened’ by the sight and took a photograph of the animal before reporting it to the authorities.

The dog walker said: “There are some parking spaces and a small hump back bridge over the canal.

“I was walking in the direction of Accrington, with the canal on my left, walking past the fields with the cows and the sheep and just on the bend, there it was for all to see, close to the tow path.

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“It seems to me like someone had dumped it there when it got too big to feed. Or maybe it had been stolen from somewhere.

“It’s a shame that it ended up there as it would have been a beautiful animal. “It looked like it had been there a while and I was just sickened by it.” Inspector Charlotte Brooker from the RSPCA said: “This is a very uncommon case and they are not very popular pets.

“It’s unclear whether or not it went in the canal dead or alive and it is so badly rotten that it will be difficult for us to establish what happened by post mortem.

“We would be very keen to hear from anyone who witnessed anything at all.

“The animal is 10ft long but we cannot ascertain the exact species.

“It is obviously an animal that has been kept as a pet and not something that would naturally be found near the canal. It could be that someone has dumped their pet in the canal so as to avoid the charges of disposing of it or it could be something more sinister but we can only speculate at this stage.

“The water ways will have to come and clear it because it is far too badly decomposed for us to move it.”

Anyone with any information at all is urged to call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

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2:19pm Tue 3 Jun 14

BIGGLESTOE says...

Unfortunately, benefits only cover for fags, booze, takeaways,drugs and Sky tv, but alas not pet welfare!
Unfortunately, benefits only cover for fags, booze, takeaways,drugs and Sky tv, but alas not pet welfare! BIGGLESTOE
  • Score: 3

2:20pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Bluelizzy says...

Perhaps it was run over by that wheel.
Perhaps it was run over by that wheel. Bluelizzy
  • Score: -9

3:09pm Tue 3 Jun 14

floydbrfc says...

I was sickened by the dead snake. so he took a photo of it ,maybe so he can be sickened whenever he feels the urge
I was sickened by the dead snake. so he took a photo of it ,maybe so he can be sickened whenever he feels the urge floydbrfc
  • Score: -9

4:47pm Tue 3 Jun 14

the white witch says...

How can any person be so heartless and cruel to any living creature, what a shame. the person who done this needs to be brought to justice for cruelty.
How can any person be so heartless and cruel to any living creature, what a shame. the person who done this needs to be brought to justice for cruelty. the white witch
  • Score: 12

7:21pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Copperhead says...

The owner had probably " adder-nough " of it.
The owner had probably " adder-nough " of it. Copperhead
  • Score: 1

8:17pm Tue 3 Jun 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

It's a shame it would be too hard to police but in an ideal world they should have some sort of test and licence system for pets.
It's a shame it would be too hard to police but in an ideal world they should have some sort of test and licence system for pets. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 5

9:17pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Old Alzheimer says...

the white witch wrote:
How can any person be so heartless and cruel to any living creature, what a shame. the person who done this needs to be brought to justice for cruelty.
Perhaps the snake was dead when the 'person who done this' dropped it in 'the cut'.
Not a defence of the person, just a thought !
[quote][p][bold]the white witch[/bold] wrote: How can any person be so heartless and cruel to any living creature, what a shame. the person who done this needs to be brought to justice for cruelty.[/p][/quote]Perhaps the snake was dead when the 'person who done this' dropped it in 'the cut'. Not a defence of the person, just a thought ! Old Alzheimer
  • Score: 5

10:13pm Tue 3 Jun 14

HarryBosch says...

The dog walker (dog walkers are notorious for always coming across bad things) certainly tells a very descriptive story. Of green fields and cows and sheep, very idyllic, but speculation as to how the snake met it's demise is just that, speculation. There could be any number of reasons for its presence in the canal. For all we know it may well have simply escaped and slithered in andbeen uunable to get out again. Stick to dog walking and maybe consider writing a novel but the the detecting to the detectives!
The dog walker (dog walkers are notorious for always coming across bad things) certainly tells a very descriptive story. Of green fields and cows and sheep, very idyllic, but speculation as to how the snake met it's demise is just that, speculation. There could be any number of reasons for its presence in the canal. For all we know it may well have simply escaped and slithered in andbeen uunable to get out again. Stick to dog walking and maybe consider writing a novel but the the detecting to the detectives! HarryBosch
  • Score: -1

8:01pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Violet432 says...

I would think that for a snake to reach the size of 10f it would of had to been well cared for at some point??
I would think that for a snake to reach the size of 10f it would of had to been well cared for at some point?? Violet432
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