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Man faces cruelty charge after reptiles found in home, authorities say

A Carle Place man, Christopher Koenig, 20, faces a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals after dozens of reptiles in cages and tanks were found at his home on Monday, June 5, 2017 , authorities said. More than 100 snakes, alligators and turtles were found at the 11th Street home, a Nassau County SPCA investigator said. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

A Carle Place man faces a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals Monday after dozens of reptiles in cages and tanks were found at his home, authorities said.

Based on the condition of the animals, Nassau police said they arrested Christopher Koenig, 20, on an appearance ticket at 12:46 p.m. Koenig faces one count of aggravated cruelty to animals and one count of failure to give food and drink, police said. He is due to appear in First District Court in Hempstead on June 27, according to police.

A woman who answered the phone at a number listed for Koenig’s home declined to comment Monday.

More than 100 snakes, alligators and turtles were found at the 11th Street home, a Nassau County SPCA investigator said.

“They were found all over the house — inside and outside — in tanks and crates and plastic containers,” Nassau SPCA Det. Gary Rogers said in a telephone interview from the home shortly after 1 p.m. “We estimate there are over 100 snakes, turtles and alligators all together.” He said most were snakes.

He said some of the reptiles are illegal to have in a home and that additional charges were expected to be brought against the suspect by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

A representative from the DEC did not immediately return a call for comment Monday.

The SPCA removed the reptiles from the home, police said.

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