Monday, 12 May 2014

Animal amnesty event nets alligators, anacondas and more

May 11, 2014 | 3:25am

An alligator, an anaconda and a cute pair of South American marmosets were among the illegal or exotic animals turned in Saturday at a Long Island amnesty event.

“Nothing surprises me,” said Roy Gross of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which helped run the first amnesty event to include mammals at Brookhaven’s Wildlife & Ecology Center. “If somebody walked in with a tiger it wouldn’t surprise me.”

No ferocious felines made it to the anonymous drop off, though someone did bring in a 2¹/₂-foot-long albino western diamondback rattlesnake — with enough venom to kill two adults.

The no-questions-asked event encourages owners to turn in unlicensed or illegal critters without fear of prosecution.

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