SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – The clock is ticking for the owner of Reptile Rescue who needs to find a place to house 450 animals.
Utah's Reptile Rescue Service currently keeps all the reptiles in a climate-controlled building in Delta. Jim Dix, the owner of reptile rescue said he needs to be out of that building by midnight Saturday when the lease for the building will expire.
Dix said he didn't renew the lease because he wants to be closer to the valley where most reptiles are rescued. For five months he said he's looked for a space, but with no luck and now time is running out.
Dix wishes the state would step in and provide a space for these rescued reptiles, which he collects for free from shelters that would otherwise put them down.
“We would rather go out and remove a snake and not charge to remove it than have somebody kill it because they don't want to pay a fee for having it removed,” he said. “In my eyes the state should give us a building to use rent-free because we're rescuing from all the shelters in this state.”