News

N.Y. authorities find 850 snakes inside man’s home

N.Y. authorities find 850 snakes inside man’s home

In this photo provided by the Town of Brookhaven, Public Information Office in Brookhaven, N.Y., Michael Ralbovsky, center, who is the General Curator and Herpetologist at the Rainforest Reptile Show, displays one of two Burmese Pythons from a home in Shirley, N.Y., Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Richard Parinello, a Long Island Animal Control Officer, had 850 snakes housed in two garages at the site. Authorities say that he ran an illegal side business selling the animals from his home. Photo: Associated Press

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Authorities in the New York town of Shirley found 850 snakes, including two illegal 6-foot-long (2-meter) Burmese pythons, in the home and garage of an animal control officer suspected of dealing in the reptiles, local media reported.

Shirley and Suffolk County officers raided the home on Thursday, Newsday of Long Island reported, citing town officials and publishing a photo of officers holding the pythons.

Suffolk County police referred all queries to the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), whose officers were not immediately available for comment.

The suspect, an animal control officer in the neighboring town of Brookhaven, was cooperating with investigators and faces multiple charges of owning the pythons and operating a business without a permit, Newsday said.

The pythons will be sent to an animal sanctuary, Newsday said, citing Roy Gross of the Suffolk County SPCA. What would happen to the other snakes remained unknown.

Recent Headlines

today in Local

Committee Will Study Roads And Bridges

pothole

The Executive Board of the South Dakota Legislature voted to have a summer study committee look at roads and bridges in the state.

today in Local

More Cedar County, NE Voters Able To Vote By Mail

mailboxes

Over half of the voters in Cedar County (Nebraska) will now be able to mail in their ballots for the May 13th primary.

today in Local

Education To Be Studied Again

education 3

The Executive Board of the South Dakota Legislature has decided to have another summer study of education in the state.

yesterday in Local

Confusion Over Farm Program Sign Up

money farm

The spring planting season is underway and local U-S-D-A Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices are getting calls from farmers, asking…

yesterday in Local

Bill Would Protect Whistleblowers

Iowa state capital

Key Democrats in the Iowa Senate are pressing forward with a bill that would forbid confidential settlements with laid off state workers.