Raid at exotic animals complex in Arlington

December 16, 2009 9:20:00 AM PST
A raid at an Arlington warehouse complex where exotic animals were kept turned up dead and starved creatures. Jay Sabatucci with Arlington Animal Services says the raid Tuesday included creatures found in conditions too cold or too warm for them. Sabatucci told WFAA-TV that some animals, including snakes, were starving to death and "imagine a skinny snake."

Representatives of the SPCA and the Humane Society, aided by veterinarians, were helping remove and evaluate the animals Tuesday afternoon.

Arlington-based U.S. Global Exotics, on its Web site, advertises the "world wide delivery of exotic animals." The company did not immediately return a message Tuesday from The Associated Press.