WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Herpetologist Chad Griffin has a special place in his heart for reptiles.
“Somebody has to be their advocate,” Griffin said. He runs CCSB Reptile Rescue in Winston-Salem. He’s saved alligators, tortoises and snakes.
Many people applaud the work Griffin does. He has worked with animals from all over the country and is even filming for a show called “Reptile Rangers” that will showcase the work he does. However, some want Griffin to relocate his business.
Griffin cares for his reptiles at his home, in a residential neighborhood off Highway 158 in Winston-Salem. He’s been at that location for about one year, but has been in business for more than half a decade.
Griffin has plans to expand his business and move to a location with more space. The expansion could take a couple of years at most.
People who live in the neighborhood where the rescue center currently is want to see it relocated, sooner than later.
They fear if any of the animals got out they could potentially harm someone. A petition is circulating to present to city leaders in the hope of granting this relocation request, immediately.
The owner of the rescue group says he’s taken the necessary measures to ensure the safety of his animals and the public.
State, county and local government leaders say Griffin is in no violation of any laws because he has the proper permits to house these animals.
The NC Wildlife Resources Commission says they have annual inspections for people with permits for reptiles. Local officials say there are no current laws that restrict Griffin from running his business at his current location.
Most recently, Griffin was called upon by the Forsyth County Animal Control for help.
A five to six-foot alligator was found in the back of a family’s home on Stanley Avenue in Winston-Salem on Wednesday. He helped to remove the animal and place it in his rescue facility located nearby to where the alligator was found. Animal control officers and Griffin both say the alligator did not escape from the reptile rescue facility.