MASON CITY — A 25-year-old Mason City man was fined $65 in magistrate court Tuesday for allowing his pet snake to be on the loose at the Holiday Inn earlier this month.
Police said Michael Salo permitted his 5-year-old bull python to be at large in a hallway without control or supervision on May 1. He was charged under the city animal-control ordinance.
Brandy Smith Branstad, hotel manager, said Tuesday employees noticed the snake at about 7 a.m. and notified authorities. The incident caused no disruption for patrons, she said.
“The man was a guest at the hotel. The snake was not,” Branstad said Tuesday.
Branstad said Salo was apologetic about the incident.
“We like to think of ourselves as pet friendly,” she said, “but when we say that, we really mean cats and dogs.”