Plymouth: Selectmen approve a wild animal permit for a Python

This is a story of a snake, a Python named Al. His escape from his owner Scott McLaughlin’s home last summer came to the attention of the police. They called in the animal control officer who said a permit was needed. Last night, McLaughlin appealed to the Board to grant the permit:

“I love Al. He’s a sweetheart. He likes romantic movies. He like walks on the beach or slithers and he likes pokin’ dead things with sticks and he’s low maintenance. He’s the perfect pet.”

The perfect pet is 11 feet long. Selectmen Ken Tavares mentioned his concern for the neighbors and also stated he wouldn’t want to live next door. He and Selectman Belinda Brewster voted against but the motion passed 3 to 2. However, Tavares amended the motion to place a condition on the permit stating that the Python would not be allowed outside. It passed unanimously.

So, how does McLaughlin feel about that restriction?

“I’ll take that into consideration and do the best I can to adhere to these rules.”

The next meeting of the Select Board is November 13th.

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About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.