Thousand Oaks Man Charged in Illegal Possession of Exotic Reptiles

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Todd Kates (DOB 7/29/61), of Thousand Oaks, was charged with 14 felony counts of cruelty to an animal and 26 misdemeanor Fish and Game Code and California Code of Regulations counts related to the care and housing of the animals.

On July 6, 2017, a search warrant was executed at Kates’ residence. During the search conducted by Los Angeles Animal Control and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, numerous exotic animals were found on the property in poor health and unsanitary conditions. Kates also lacked the proper permits for the animals.

Kates faces a maximum penalty of 11 years 8 months in felony jail.


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One Response to Thousand Oaks Man Charged in Illegal Possession of Exotic Reptiles

  1. William Hicks May 12, 2018 at 11:04 am

    More important than the health of these animals is the fact that he can’t account for all of the venomous snakes that were in his custody. There’s at least one venomous snake that is loose in Thousand Oaks that is un accounted for and one albino cobra that was captured a few years back that was connected to this person.

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