Hundreds of snakes found at man's suburban NY home

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Posted: Sep 19, 2013 10:40 PM
Hundreds of snakes found at man's suburban NY home

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.