MIDVALE, Utah — Animal control officers in Salt Lake County intend to seize dozens of exotic species from a Midvale warehouse where a well-known animal rescuer is believed to be storing them.

Authorities started taking inventory of the animals on Tuesday. They include venomous snakes, poisonous spiders, alligators, lizards, and dozens of turtles. They’re believed to belong to Jim Dix.

The state previously has seized more than 100 animals belonging to Dix, including wolves, foxes, coyotes and racoons.

Business owner Zach Workman told KUTV he agreed to let Dix store the animals there for a few days but that was weeks ago. The station reports Dix is currently believed to be in the hospital.

Dix has not been charged but Animal Control spokeswoman Callista Pearson says they’ve been investigating him for months. She expects some of the animals to be removed Wednesday.


Information from: KUTV-TV, http://www.kutv.com/

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