Suffolk SPCA to hold illegal exotic animal amnesty day

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Suffolk County residents who illegally own exotic animals, reptiles and amphibians can turn them in without fear of prosecution on May 10 at the Town of Brookhaven's Wildlife & Ecology Center.

The amnesty day for exotic and potentially dangerous pets is being jointly run by the Suffolk County SPCA, the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Chief Roy Gross of the Suffolk SPCA said unlawfully possessed creatures will be accepted at the center at 249 Buckley Rd., Holtsville, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"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 in a statement.

Those turning in the various species can do so "without fear of prosecution. No one will be asked to give their name," he said.

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Trained handlers will be on hand to accept the unlicensed, exotic/illegal mammals, reptiles, amphibians. People are asked to bring the animals in containers, which will be returned.

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

For more information, call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722; the state Department of Environmental Conservation at 631-444-0250; or the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at 516-825-3950.

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