Alligators, snakes, rodents rescued in Milwaukee

Police respond to a report of sexual assault and find reptiles, spiders, five anacondas and a chicken

By Associated Press

Published May 14, 2010 12:58PM (EDT)

Milwaukee police were called to investigate an alleged sexual assault and stepped into a crime scene crawling -- in some cases literally -- with hundreds of reptiles including alligators and snakes.

Police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz says the reptiles and rodents were found in a home and inside a building doubling as a storage facility and residence. The initial discovery was made Wednesday, and officers remained at the scene Thursday.

Lt. Paul Felician told WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee at least five anaconda snakes 20 to 30 feet long were found, along with spiders and a chicken.

Some animals were stored in containers; others roamed.

Officials from nearby zoos, an animal control unit and other agencies helped police. A 50-year-old woman was arrested and could be charged.

Associated Press

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