A Toronto man was arrested and charged with assault after police arrived to find him violently swinging a python as a weapon during an altercation with someone on the street.
Police would later charge the man with Assault With A Weapon for swinging the python erratically and violently.
He was quickly arrested after police arrived on the scene and determined he used the python to strike another individual on the street.
A video of the person cruelly swinging the snake around as a weapon has gone viral on social media, with viewers shocked at the callousness a person could have for the living creature.
Dude uses his pet snake as a weapon during street fight in Toronto 😳 pic.twitter.com/T2lLKaLe4E
— Crazy Clips (@crazyclipsonly) May 13, 2023
According to Canada’s Global News, police arrived after receiving reports of someone on the street “threatening people with a python” close to midnight.
In addition to being charged with assault with a weapon (swinging the python as a weapon), the assailant was also reportedly charged with Causing Unnecessary Pain Or Suffering To An Animal.
A Canadian government website breaks down the possible penalties of the the animal cruelty charge as:
(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine of not more than $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than two years less a day, or to both.
People on social media were aghast to see footage of the individual cruelly swinging the python during the assault. According to Global News, police said the python was alive at the time of the assault but died later.
One person wrote “I’ve seen it all now.”
Another remembered a famous scene from 1982’s Conan the Barbarian, saying “Remember when James Earl Jones turned a snake into an arrow in Conan the Barbarian? This is his Great Grandson! Apparently the skills have diminished through the bloodline…”
Another users questioned “So he was just ‘walking around’ with his pet snake?” which is a reasonable question to ponder.
Someone else added “It’s a good think he wasn’t walking his rhinoceros or the bald guy would’ve been hurt much worse.”