Los Angeles Animal Control Captures Deadly Cobra That Bit Dog

By Jonah Lustig

Sep 4, 2014 2:31pm
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Los Angeles officials warned residents to look out for an albino cobra on the loose. (Credit: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control)

Animal control officers in Los Angeles County captured a deadly venomous cobra that vanished after it bit a dog two days ago, leaving people living in the neighborhood worried about the missing snake.

Department officials told ABC News that the snake was caught near the area in Thousand Oaks where it was last seen Tuesday.

The albino monocled cobra was originally reported by a resident who said it bit her dog on Tuesday. Four animal control officers searched for it after it disappeared.

Cory Lewis, who lives near where the snake was last spotted, said he was shocked when authorities asked him if he had seen the snake.

“We were like, you’re serious? It was a little shocking, like what do we do from here?” he said.

As a precaution, students at two schools near the search area in Thousand Oaks only played on blacktop surfaces and stayed away from areas with plants, a representative from Conejo Valley Unified School District told ABC News.

County spokesman David Sommers said earlier Thursday that the owner of the cobra had not come forward since the initial report. The dog that was bitten has since recovered

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