Authorities Seize 55 Diseased Poisonous Snakes From Tennessee Pastor

snakesShould we be concerned about charismatic religious leaders hoarding doomsday arsenals of deadly reptiles? Via WBIR-TV:

All of the snakes that were confiscated from a serpent-handling pastor in Campbell County have now been euthanized.

TWRA seized 55 poisonous snakes from Andrew Hamlin in November. He handled the snakes as part of worship services at the Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette. Hamlin was cited for having animal dangerous to humans, but a grand jury did not indict him on criminal charges.

The confiscated snakes were taken to the Knoxville Zoo, but were in such poor condition, they could not be saved. According to Michael Ogle, Curator of Herpetology at the Knoxville Zoo, “The 14 remaining snakes are highly suspected of being infected with the same pathogens that have proven fatal for the other snakes brought to us.”

5 Comments on "Authorities Seize 55 Diseased Poisonous Snakes From Tennessee Pastor"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Jan 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm |

    Authorities Seize 55 Diseased Poisonous Snakes

    I thought there were 437 “elected” Homeland oligarchs
    sounds like they didn’t get all the snakes

  2. I don’t know who is in that picture but I want to smack that retarded hillbilly so bad it hurts. Just backhand bitchslap that f$%^king inbred, cornpone, shitkicking redneck until his face is completely peeled off. I’m a pacifist but the urge is almost overwhelming.

    • jose chung | Jan 22, 2014 at 2:50 pm |

      I think it’s todd from breaking bad….

    • half of the state wants to bitchslap this guy. I long for the days when the worst news we would have around here was that time a Kentucky man killed his brother for taking the last beer (or was he from Georgia?…. it happens everywhere in the south, lots more common than snake handling)

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