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Arraignment postponed for homeowner who kept deer

Angel Otavalo, of Springs, has been charged with

Angel Otavalo, of Springs, has been charged with 16 housing and zoning code violations, including overcrowding, and unlawful possession of a deer, seen here with an official, which he allegedly kept as a pet. Credit: News12

The arraignment of a Springs homeowner charged with unlawfully keeping a deer as a pet and nearly 20 housing and zoning code violations, including overcrowding, has been postponed until Dec. 5.

Angel Otavalo of 7 Cedar St., was scheduled to answer to the charges in East Hampton Town Justice Court yesterday. The reason for the postponement was not immediately available.
East Hampton Town officials charged Otavalo with three counts of having no smoke detector, one count of having no carbon monoxide detector, six counts of failing to have a certificate of occupancy for various rooms, two counts of construction without a building permit (one for a pool and another for a volleyball court), one count of building a shed without a permit, two counts of no egress for the bedrooms in the basement and one count of using an extension cord instead of permanent electrical wiring.

In addition, Otavalo is charged by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police with unlawful possession of wildlife for illegally keeping a deer in his backyard as a pet.

Environmental Conservation authorities found the deer restrained by a dog collar and took the animal away for rehabilitation to the Holtsville Ecology Center.

David A. Betts, the town’s public safety director, said last month in a news release that the alleged violations were discovered after officials received a report of overcrowding at the home and a deer being kept in the backyard.

The release said that the house should have only three bedrooms but that four more bedrooms were illegally created, and an inspection of the house found the illegal conversion of the basement into several bedrooms and an office.

Otavalo has declined to comment on the case.


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