Authorities find more than 150 snakes in Struthers home

Authorities find more than 150 snakes in Struthers home


Animal control officer Dave Nelson has seen a lot over his career. But serving a search warrant late Friday afternoon may have put the icing on the cake.

Nelson, of the Mahoning County Dog Warden’s Office, said more than 150 snakes were found inside the home at 438 Fifth Street.

Nelson said among the breeds of snakes were cobras, rattlesnakes and African tree snakes, all of which are poisonous. He said he has dealt with those types of snakes from time to time, but never has he dealt with that many in one location.

“The basement is filled with tub after tub of snakes,” Nelson said. “I’ve never seen them in this type of mass quantities.”

The snakes’ owner, Joseph McCollum, 46, will face charges of keeping exotic animals and child endangering because a 12-year-old child lives in the home, Nelson said.

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