Man arrested for exploiting exotic animals at comic book convention

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Police say they’ve seized an alligator, a python and tarantulas from a Rhode Island man who was charging people to take pictures with the creatures at a comic book convention in Massachusetts.

Framingham police confiscated the animals and arrested the 41-year-old Warwick, Rhode Island man on an unrelated warrant. Authorities have not released the identity of the suspect.

Police say they received a tip that the man was charging Super Megafest Comic-Con attendees to take pictures with the animals on Saturday.

Massachusetts Environmental Police have taken over custody of the animals. The suspect was also issued a wildlife summons.

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