West Valley debates where to put displaced reptile rescuer

Aug 30 2011 - 10:16am

WEST VALLEY CITY -- City officials are struggling how to accommodate a 52-year-old reptile expert and the hundreds of wild animals in his care as they are being forced from a West Valley City home to make way for a major transit project.

Jim Dix debated Monday with officials who want to allow him temporary use of the city's abandoned animal shelter. He says he fears the plan could ultimately give authorities the power to seize his animals.

Dix operates Reptile Rescue Services and has about 500 abandoned or injured reptiles and mammals in his care.

Kennecott Utah Copper has offered a 10-acre rural site to his organization, but the city still needs to approve permits for the new site.

City officials say they hope to resolve the issue in a few weeks.


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