Utah Wants Rescue Gone From Rental Home

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SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 14 (UPI) — The Utah Department of Transportation has filed court papers to remove an animal rescuer from his rental home, which is in the planned path of a new road.

The agency filed a complaint with 3rd District Court seeking relief in the West Valley property case involving the rental home where James Dix houses more than 900 animals, including some venomous reptiles, scorpions and spiders, The (Salt Lake City) Deseret News reported Thursday.

UDOT said Dix was paid $18,250 for relocation expenses and rental replacement housing assistance and repeatedly said he would move out by Oct. 2, but on that date he was still in the process of removing items from the home, which is in the pathway of the planned Mountain View Corridor.

Dix, who the Deseret News said could not be reached for comment, previously said he was having trouble finding a replacement home due to zoning ordinances and other legal obstacles.

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