MIDVALE, Utah, Feb. 7, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials are considering filing criminal charges against Jim Dix, who founded Utah’s Reptile Rescue, after they say he abandoned about 60 exotic animals at the warehouse of an employer.
Dix told reporters his rental space in Magna was sold in December, and he was looking for a new space when he asked his employer to store the animals, including snakes, alligators and snapping turtles.
The employer agreed, but then Dix had a heart attack, he said. Now he is awaiting bypass surgery at a hospital, and the animals he cared for have been seized.
Some were turned over to Salt Lake County Animal Services. Species illegal to own in Utah are going to the Division of Wildlife Services.
Dix started Utah Reptile Rescue in 1998 to care for animals no one else would take. Police often called him for help when snakes were seized in drug raids, or when fire displaced the owners of lizards or other exotics.