Wanted: Good Home For 850 Snakes

SHIRLEY, N.Y. (September 24, 2013)—Richard Parrinello, a New York animal control officer found with more than 850 snakes at his Long Island residence, is searching for a new shelter for them.

An attorney for Parrinello says his client is seeking a commercially-zoned facility that can shelter the snakes and is planning to submit a proposal to the town of Brookhaven for the snakes' removal by the end of the week.

Authorities removed two 6-foot Burmese pythons from Parrinello's garage last week.

Burmese pythons are illegal to own in New York state without a permit.

Most of the other 850 snakes found on Parrinello's property are legal, but officials said he violated town codes by operating his reptile-sales business without a permit.

Town attorney David Moran says Parrinello seems willing to cooperate with the town.


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