SHIRLEY, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island animal control officer found with more than 850 snakes at his home is searching for a new 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 has shown a willingness to cooperate with town officials.
Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com