Animal control officer busted for running illegal snake-selling - WNCT

Animal control officer busted for running illegal snake-selling business

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Authorities raid an illegal snake-selling business a man was running out of his own home in upstate New York.  Inside the man's two-car garage, they found nearly 850 snakes!

Authorities say Richard Parrinello, an animal control officer, illegally sold hundreds of snakes and other reptiles out of his house.

Among the creatures found were two 6-foot Burmese pythons, which are illegal in New York.

According to the owner's LinkedIn profile, it was all part of a business he's been running for the past 12 years without the proper permits.  It's called Snake Man's Exotics and according to its website, it breeds snakes and sells them around the world.

It appeared he was caring for these reptiles and they were not harmed in any way.  He will face some misdemeanor charges for having the illegal pythons, as well as a number of town code violations.

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