Amnesty Day to surrender illegal, exotic animals

The Suffolk County SPCA, in cooperation with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation will be hosting an Amnesty Day for illegally possessed, protected, endangered and threatened animals that require special state DEC and Fish & Wildlife Permits. Included are dangerous animals, exotics, illegal reptiles, amphibians, and mammals.

Location: Holtsville Ecology Site, 249 Buckley Rd, Holtsville, NY

Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 11 am until 3 pm

“The purpose of this effort is to get these illegally possessed animals into a controlled environment where they can be cared for properly,” Gross said.

“People who are in possession of these animals unlawfully can turn them in to us without fear of prosecution. No one will be asked to give their name,” said Chief Gross. In August an illegal wolf was turned in to the Suffolk County SPCA.  Ownership of a wolf is illegal in NYS.  In 2016 a Suffolk County man was bitten by his illegally owned venomous snake.

Trained handlers will be available to accept the unlicensed, exotic/illegal mammals, reptiles, amphibians from the public.  People are asked to bring the animals in containers which will be returned on a numbered basis.

Animals that will be accepted during the program:

All reptiles that are venomous

Large Constrictor Snake:

  • Burmese Python
  • Reticulated Python
  • African Rock Python
  • Green Anaconda
  • Yellow Anaconda
  • Australian Amethystine Python

Indian PythonLarge Lizards / Monitors :

  • Asiatic (water) Monitor
  • Nile Monitor
  • White Throat Monitor
  • Black Throat Monitor
  • Crocodile Monitor
  • Komodo Dragon
  • All species and sub-species of Crocodilia (alligators, crocodiles & caimans)

Wild Animals:

  • Snow Leopard
  • Leopard
  • Clouded Leopard
  • Tiger
  • Asiatic Lion
  • Cheetah
  • Wolf
  • Tasmanian Forester Kangaroo
  • Polar Bear
  • Mountain Lion, Cougar
  • Jaguar
  • Ocelot
  • Margay
  • Primates

Non-target species

Species that do not require permits, and/or are not threatened or endangered will not be accepted.

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