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

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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. (Published Friday, Sep 20, 2013)

    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.