Hundreds of Snakes Found In Home Of Animal Control Officer
850 snakes were found inside the New York home of Richard Parrinello, an animal control officer on disability. Two 6-foot Burmese pythons, which are illegal in the state of New York, were among the 850 snakes found. According to authorities, Parrinello was running an illegal snake business in his suburban home in Brookhaven, where he lives with his wife and his son, who is 10 years old.
According to reports, the town of Brookhaven, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Suffolk County Police, and the SPCA executed a search warrant on Richard Parrinello’s home for alleged workers compensation fraud as he is received disability benefits while operating a profitable business. Not only did investigators uncover 850 snakes found at his home, but Parrinello’s approximate animal inventory worth $500,000 also included turtle and turtle eggs. A few tarantulas and a couple of freezers with frozen mice and alligator carcasses were also uncovered.
According to Suffolk County SPCA chief Roy Gross, Richard Parrinello’s 850 snakes were found inside his detached garage. The garage featured climate control that was carefully controlled to keep the snakes. The snakes were neatly stacked in containers.