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NY snake salesman seeking new home for 850 snakes

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September 23, 2013 08:30 PM EST | AP


SHIRLEY, N.Y. — A New York animal control officer found with more than 850 snakes at his Long Island 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 seems willing to cooperate with the town.