The nightly news gave this story a large segment. It seems 67 dogs were stacked (some in birdcages) in a West Englewood home.
The camera did a slow pan of all these tiny Chihuahua and other toy-breed puppies... stopping at a snake tank, where a lone (rat?) snake looked for an escape. Immediately, as a snake lover, I wanted to adopt that poor serpent stuck amid the squalor. Then I thought for a moment... hmmm... lots of puppies. One snake. No mention of rats.... Wonder what our slithery little friend has been eating lately?? Would he turn up his tongue at "real" snake food?
Fortunately, the story has a happy ending. You'll note a local herpetologist stepped forward and took the snake. A pack of dog lovers has descended on the shelter to take in the other victims.