News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
September 25, 2014, 7:07 a.m.
Media and Interested Parties
At about 9 p.m. on Sept. 24, 2014, deputies with Wilsonville Police responded to a report of suspicious persons in a vehicle at the Chevron Station near 95th and Elligsen.
During the investigation, the deputies learned that the two occupants of the car were on their way from Washington to San Bernadino, CA to enter a drug-treatment program. However, both were found to be in alleged possession of drugs, and were arrested for drug possession.
A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a snake that appeared to be in distress.
The deputies contacted a reptile expert from International Reptile Rescue who responded to the scene. The expert was able to tell the deputies that the ball python was in distress and provided specific indicators of the failure to properly care for the python that were putting the animal's life in danger. The expert described the snake's condition as being "severely neglected."
This resulted in the snake's owner being charged with Animal Neglect in the 2nd degree.
The snake was placed in the care of the animal rescue agency.
Lacey Kiser, 22, of Marysville, WA was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on a charge of possession of a controlled substance--heroin.
Jacob Stoner, 19, of Arlington, WA was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance--methamphetamine and animal neglect in the second degree.
Three Clackamas County cities -- Damascus, Happy Valley, and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.
Sergeant Dan Kraus
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
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