Animal Control Officer Found With 850 Snakes Seeks New Home for Reptiles

Authorities found the reptiles inside two garages at Richard Parinello's home on Long Island

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013  |  Updated 6:31 AM CDT
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Hundreds of snakes, including two 6-foot Burmese pythons, were found at the home of a New York animal control officer, who was running an illegal side business selling them, authorities said Thursday. See video of the snakes here.

Hundreds of snakes, including two 6-foot Burmese pythons, were found at the home of a New York animal control officer, who was running an illegal side business selling them, authorities said Thursday. See video of the snakes here.

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An animal control officer found with more than 850 snakes at his Long Island home is searching for a shelter for them.

An attorney for Richard Parrinello says his client is seeking a commercially zoned facility that can shelter the snakes. He 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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