Police look for public’s help in library snake case

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Peaches the pet snake was popular with Huntington Branch Library patrons, especially youngsters. (Shelton Herald 2008 file photo)

Shelton police continue their investigation into the apparent poisoning of the Huntington Branch Library’s pet snake, Peaches.

A member of the Shelton Police Department’s Detective Bureau is overseeing the case.

Police are seeking tips, an effort that may be helped by the cash rewards being offered by two animal rights groups for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a possible perpetrator.

“Obviously if anyone has heard or saw anything, they should come forward,” Shelton Police Lt. Robert Kozlowsky said on Friday.

 

Few tips received so far

Kozlowsky said the department has not received many calls with information from the public on the case so far.

The rewards of $2,500 by PETA and $200 by Friends of Animals could act as an incentive for someone to contact the police. “It definitely doesn’t hurt,” Kozlowsky said of the reward offers.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Shelton Police Det. Richard Bango at 203-924-1544.

 

What happened

Peaches, a Creamsicle-colored corn snake, was a fixture of the Huntington Branch Library. The friendly snake was particularly popular with children.

Peaches endured chemical burns and kidney damage for a week before dying from injuries in mid-March after it appears someone poured the cleaning solvent Goof Off into its tank.

 

 

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