Wow, talk about misquoted! A question was asked by the reporter on what could be done to improve investigations in the future, and a response was given to improve upon sharing information; never was the word blame used in any context. Additionally, I said it would help if there were more abuse caseworkers as they are terribly understaffed, and that additional Deputy Sheriffs assigned to assist them would help as well as they are unarmed, unable to effect an arrest, putting them in dangerous situations. Somehow none of that was included which would genuinely help this situation. This will be the last interview given to this reporter by me.
January 26, 2014 at 10:35 a.m.
You are correct, although the article is misleading, the police were there doing a welfare check. After being invited in we observed the illegal & dangerous operation and generated reports. Detectives obtained a search warrant from the Struthers Court, and began coordinating a joint effort with the ODNR Wildlife Agents, Herps Alive Foundation, and the Dept. of Agriculture. The only people that handled the dangerous snakes were the Wildlife Agents and the Owner of Herps Foundation. We and the Dog Warden carried out a few cages, but the Wildlife agents and Herps did all the dangerous work. It is unfortunate that the source of this article did not credit the correct people.
October 12, 2013 at 10:37 a.m.