October 27, 2020

Utah officials trying to evict reptile rescuer


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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah transportation officials are trying to evict a reptile rescuer who’s using his rental home as a shelter for hundreds of animals.

The Utah Department of Transportation filed papers on Friday against James Dix of West Valley City. The Deseret News of Salt Lake City reports Dix has more than 900 rescued animals at his home.

The transportation department got involved because the home is in the path of a planned freeway called the Mountain View Corridor. It says that Dix was paid more than $18,000 to vacate, but has failed to meet deadlines.

Court records show Salt Lake City’s 3rd District Court has issued a summons for Dix.

Dix told the Associated Press on Wednesday he has found a new place, but has been delayed by zoning problems.

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