Raleigh owners of the escaped Zebra Cobra face 40 accusations, police say


Raleigh police confirmed charges against the owner of the fugitive poison-spitting Zebra Cobra on Wednesday.

Christopher Giftord of Chaminox Place faces 40 accusations related to escaped snakes and other venomous snakes, all of which Minor offense under North Carolina law..

Gifford’s Cobra was reported on Monday, June 28, outside Sandlingham Drive’s home, about 800 meters from Gifford’s home, and was captured by Raleigh’s Park Ranger the following Wednesday night. The day before the capture, Raleigh police and the Animal Care Department searched Gifford’s house and took something out of a large plastic bucket.

The presence of Gifford’s social media is that he has monocular cobras, rattle snakes, gaboon vipers, and even Green mamba that bit him in MarchNeeds antitoxin from South Carolina Zoo.

All the snakes were kept in the basement of a house owned by Chris Gifford’s parents Keith and Rebecca Gifford.

Gifford’s video collection has been filmed almost every day for over a year and may show playing with venomous snakes in the garden or driveway.

One of the misdemeanor charges against Gifford states that he did not notify law enforcement agencies of the snake’s escape, as required by state law.

Minor 36 is for trapping venomous snakes in improper enclosures. The three accusations were related to snakes in mislabeled containers.

There are few laws in force here

Raleigh City Council member David Knight said there are no ordinances in Raleigh and Wake County prohibiting the breeding of exotic or poisonous animals. Plans to propose ordinances to limit ownership of dangerous wild animals..

There is no law in North Carolina that prohibits you from maintaining it., Breeding or selling non-native toxic reptiles, How Animals should be bred and about reports of fleeing animals.

In addition to noting that venomous snakes cannot be used to harm or harass people, in North Carolina Article 55 “Regulation of Specific Reptiles”Snakes say they need to be housed in a sturdy, secure enclosure that is designed to prevent them from escaping and biting, and with operable locks.

By law, each enclosure must clearly and visibly label the “Venomous Reptile Inside” with the scientific name, common name, appropriate antitoxin, and owner identification.

In addition, a written bite protocol, including emergency contact information, a local animal care office, the name and location of the appropriate antitoxin, first aid procedures, treatment guidelines, and an escape recovery plan, should be within the permanent residential view. Must be. A copy must be attached for the transportation of poisonous reptiles.

Finally, the law states that if a poisonous reptile escapes, the owner must notify the local law enforcement agency immediately.

Tighter rule requirements

A few days after the snake was captured, local lawmakers vowed to propose a new law banning citizens from keeping dangerous wildlife.

On Tuesday, Knight said he would propose an ordinance limiting ownership of “wild and dangerous animals” in Raleigh, including but not limited to venomous snakes. Knight aims to propose an ordinance when Congress returns from a break in mid-August.

On Wednesday, Wake County Democrat Wiley Nickel described the case as a “call for awakening” and plans to introduce new state legislation in just two weeks. say.

Orange County has a local method As a result, it is illegal to “raise, protect, feed, contain and care for wild and dangerous animals” in the county, including toxic, crushed and giant reptiles.

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