The city is temporarily allowing a homeowner to keep his 29 boa constrictors even though he doesn't have permits.
A dispute over how to interpret the city's exotic pet ordinance may allow Thomas Cobb to keep his snakes and that has some neighbors outraged.
Tobi Paulos lives four houses down. Not only is she worried about her children's safety if a snake gets out, but she's also concerned about the neighborhood's reputation.
“We're concerned about our property values decreasing, I mean that’s a reality, we now have the stigma of the ‘snake neighborhood’,” she said.
The dispute boils down to whether city code allows for only one animal with a permit, or one permit for each animal with no limits on how many.
The mayor tells ABC4’s Kim Johnson the city has advised Cobb to apply for the 29 permits which will not be issued until the language is clarified.
Paulos tells ABC4 the ordinance is clear. “To me it states 'an' exotic animal permit, singular, ‘a’ animal permit,” she said.
Paulos has started a petition and has collected 44 signatures. She said she and her neighbors plan to address the city council Tuesday, May 14 at 7 pm.
Calls to Cobb were not immediately returned.