A second snake has been taken away from a San Diego man arrested last week on suspicion of driving a pedicab drunk in the Gaslamp Quarter with a ball python around his neck, officials confirmed.
Travis Eisner-Young, 27, was arrested on Sept. 16 at around 1:30 a.m. after he was discovered unconscious on the ground with a snake around his neck at 5th Avenue and J Street in downtown San Diego.
According to police, Eisner-Young was intoxicated and as officers approached him, he allegedly climbed onto his pedicab and tried to cycle away backwards from the cops. He didn’t get far and was taken into custody on the spot for driving the pedicab while under the influence.
Police officers then contacted officials from San Diego County Animal Services to haul away Eisner-Young’s ball python. Animal Services said the 18-inch snake was not in good condition and had to be treated by an emergency veterinarian for starvation, dehydration and anemia.
Now, Dan DeSousa, deputy director of San Diego County Animal Services, confirms a boa constrictor – also in poor condition – has been seized from Eisner-Young.
DeSousa said animal services officials searched a hotel room where Eisner-Young was staying after learning he had at least one more snake. The boa constrictor was also handed over to a veterinary hospital for care.
For now, Eisner-Young has relinquished ownership of the ball python, DeSousa said. The fate of the boa constrictor remains unknown.
Ball pythons and boa constrictors are common pets available for purchase at many pet stores. Their bites often produces superficial wounds.