850 snakes found at New York animal control officer's house

850 snakes found at New York animal control officer's house

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Animal control officers remove some of the 850 snakes found in a New York house. Animal control officers remove some of the 850 snakes found in a New York house.
SHIRLEY, N.Y. (AP) -

Authorities in New York say they've found hundreds of snakes including two 6-foot Burmese pythons at an animal control officer's house.

Local and county officials raided the home in Shirley on Thursday. Officials estimate 850 snakes were found inside two garages.

Homeowner Richard Parrinello is a Brookhaven town animal control officer. He faces charges of owning the pythons and violating town codes by running a business at his home and without a permit.

Newsday reports officials began investigating whether Parrinello was working while on disability from his town job.

Authorities say he's cooperating. A man who answered the phone at a number listed on Parrinello's website said he had no comment.

The snakes were being removed by the Suffolk County SPCA.

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