Sophie Evans, instructed by the RSPCA, prosecuted a man accused of abandoning his pet boa constrictor.

The 2.2 metre long snake named “Fluffy”, was left in a vivarium in a closed down barber shop in Poole, Dorset.  After concerns were raised with the RSPCA by a member of the public, the snake was rescued from the barber shop with the assistance of the police.  A vet examined Fluffy and found that she was suffering from dehydration.  She was in a shut-down state, having not eaten for a prolonged period.  As a result of the conviction, the man has been disqualified from keeping animals for a period of 5 years.

In more positive news, Fluffy has since found a new loving home.

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