Friday, July 28, 2017

Ohio: At first it sounds as though dispatchers find the call amusing, but then you hear the terror in this poor woman's voice on the 911 call

OHIO -- Firefighters came to the rescue of an East Lake Road woman when they cut the head off her pet boa constrictor that had wrapped around her neck and was biting her face.

In a 911 call about 2 p.m. Thursday, the woman identifies herself as a 45-year-old who has 11 snakes — all ball pythons, except the two boa constrictors she had rescued Wednesday. She told the dispatcher that the other boa constrictor was in a cage.

Dispatcher: "911, what is the location of your emergency?"

Victim: "Please! I have a boa constrictor stuck to my face!"

Dispatcher: "Ma'am, you have a what??!"

“I’ve never heard of this before,” the dispatcher can be heard saying to emergency responders.

Neighbors on the street declined to comment, although some witnessed the scene after the woman ran outside to wait for EMS.

By that point the snake was wrapped around her waist and biting her face.

When firefighters arrived, the woman was lying in her driveway and the snake had moved from her waist and was now wrapped around her neck, authorities said.

“It was wrapped around her neck and biting her nose and wouldn’t let go,” Fire Chief Tim Card said. “They had to cut its head off with a knife to get it to let go of her face.”

Card said a pocket knife was used to kill the snake, which the woman told authorities was five feet long.

Card said firefighters disposed of the snake in a garbage bin near Sheffield Lake City Hall after it was dead.

Police Chief Tony Campo referred all questions about the incident to the Fire Department and said there would be no police report of the incident.

No one was home at the house about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, but a glass cage was empty on the sidewalk and there was a small puddle of blood in the driveway.

The Fire Department would not release the name of the woman but said she was taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t life-threatening.


(The Chronicle-Telegram - July 27, 2017)

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