A Numurkah man whose pet python and parrot helped him straighten his life out has had his beloved creatures seized.March 6, 2014 6:56am
Joshua Laity, 22, was the third Goulburn Valley man to face court in a week for illegally keeping wildlife.
Laity appeared at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on Monday after wildlife officers found a spotted python and a threatened breed of parrot at his Numurkah home.
The court heard police and Department of Environment and Primary Industries staff executed a search warrant at a Micklejohn St house on August 20 last year and found the snake in a glass enclosure in the lounge room.
Senior wildlife officer Leigh Murray said the threatened breed of parrot was also found in a cage at the rear of the property. Mr Murray said officers had sent the man at least two written reminders to renew his wildlife licence that had expired in September 2012. Laity pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing threatened and protected wildlife and told the court he did not realise he had to renew the licence.
‘‘Over the years I’ve got myself into a lot of trouble .
‘‘I’ve loved wildlife and animals all my life, it’s kind of helped me to straighten my life out.’’
Magistrate Mary Robertson fined Laity $800, taking into consideration it was his first wildlife offence and he had clearly taken the charges seriously. She ordered the animals be forfeited to the authorities.
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