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By HENRY FREDERICK / Star surfer
DELTONA, Fla. – A man from Enterprise was arrested in November on animal cruelty charges in the murder of a ball python which he covered with an acid solution and left to die while ‘he was trapped in his tank.
Patrick Grimaldi, 64 of DeBary Avenue, was arrested at his home on November 23, after a neighbor told an MP she saw the dead snake in his tank with an empty bottle of super concentrated descaler mighty Calci-Solve next door. .
The neighbor said she had heard a clicking sound earlier, which was probably the sound of the snake frantically trying to get out.
The snake’s owner said she left the residence after staying there for two weeks with Grimaldi as the owner and roommate. She said she moved in a hurry because Grimaldi was controlling and verbally assaulting her, and she was able to take her two kittens with her, but not her ball python.
About a week later, she said she received texts and photos explaining that the snake was dead and that it appeared Grimaldi had poured poison on it. The interior of the tank was smeared with residue suggesting the snake was in distress and struggling to escape, but was trapped inside with the cover secured by a strap, the deputy said in the affidavit of ‘arrest.
About a week later, she said she had received texts and photos explaining that the snake (pet Boa python like the one shown here) was dead and it looked like Grimaldi had poured poison on it. The interior of the tank was smeared with residue suggesting the snake was in distress and struggling to escape, but was trapped inside with the cover secured by a strap, the deputy said in the affidavit of ‘arrest.
Grimaldi was transported to the Volusia County branch jail where he was being held for $ 2,500 on his animal cruelty charge.
Cruelty to animals is not tolerated in Volusia County, and under Florida law, anyone who causes “cruel death, or inflicting excessive or repeated pain or suffering” on an animal has committed a crime.
About the signature author: Henry Frederick is a member of the working press and editor of Headline Surfer, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet launched in 2008, which services Daytona Beach, Sanford and Orlando from Lake Mary, Fla., Via HeadlineSurfer .com. Frederick has amassed nearly 150 award-winning signatures in print and online. He received his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in 2019. He was a late-breaking reporter (subway cops and courts beat) for the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade. And before that worked the same rhythm for The Journal-News / Gannett Suburban Newspapers in Rockland / Westchester, NY counties, dating back to 1989. Having witnessed the execution of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the Florida death chamber and covering other high-profile cases, Frederick has appeared on national crime documentaries on Discovery ID, Reelz, and the Oxygen Network series “Snapped” for his analysis. • Award-winning journalism: The Florida Press Club recognizes Headline Surfer for nine articles in a 2020 statewide competition. • Award-winning journalism by Henry Frederick.
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