i newspaper, January 25, 2017

‘Strangled’ means ‘killed by compressing the throat’ so ‘to death’ is redundant, not to mention ignorant. Having said that he was strangled, you don’t need to say he was found ‘dead’ at his home. ‘Pet’ appears in the heading, and ‘his’ implies ‘pet’, so you don’t need that. If you give the length of the python, you don’t need ‘large’. Another clear sign of ignorance is ‘outside of’. It’s ‘outside’. By and large, animals should be referred to as ‘it’, not ‘he’ or ‘she’. An exception would be a personal piece about a beloved dog or cat, say, though I hope I never have to read another of those.

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