The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever abandoned a 3-foot boa constrictor that died in Mastic.
The snake was found Oct. 10 in a broken fish tank at the intersection of Mastic and Roberts roads, officials said.
Suffolk County police officers and investigators from the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals took the ailing boa to a local rescue organization where it later died of injuries stemming from abandonment or neglect, officials said.
“This is the latest in a string of cases involving the abandonment of dangerous snakes and other reptiles in New York. We hope this reward will encourage people to come forward with information about this terrible crime,” Brian Shapiro, state director for The Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement. “This illustrates the need for laws restricting the private possession of dangerous wild animals.”
Suffolk County SPCA chief Roy Gross agreed.
“This is a perfect example of someone with no regard for the welfare of animals and who endangered the public by releasing this snake,” he said. “These reptiles pose a risk to humans and other animals. They are unpredictable, can be extremely dangerous and should not be kept as pets.”
The SPCA is investigating. Anyone with information should call the SPCA at 631-382-7722.
Above: A boa constrictor sits in a cage during a news conference at Kennedy Airport. (Jan. 20, 2010)