Suffolk County SPCA Announces Illegal, Exotic Animal Amnesty Day

Trained handlers will be available to accept the unlicensed, exotic/illegal mammals, reptiles, amphibians from the public.

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Suffolk County SPCA will be hosting an Amnesty Day for illegally possessed animals.

Photo by: Suffolk County SPCA

Suffolk County, NY - October 5, 2018 - The Suffolk County SPCA, in cooperation with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation will be hosting an Amnesty Day for illegally possessed, protected, endangered and threatened animals that require special state DEC and Fish & Wildlife Permits. Included are dangerous animals, exotics, illegal reptiles, amphibians and mammals. As shown above, some of the dangerous, illegally possessed animals seized by Suffolk County SPCA.  
Location: Holtsville Ecology  Site
249 Buckley Rd., Holtsville, NY
Date:  Saturday, October 13, 2018  from 11 am until 3 pm. 
"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. "People who are in possession of these animals unlawfully can turn them in to us without fear of prosecution. No one will be asked to give their name," said Chief Gross. Over the years many exotic, illegally possessed animals and reptiles have been turned in or confiscated by the Suffolk County SPCA. In 2016 a Suffolk County man was bitten by his illegally owned venomous snake.
"The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is pleased to work with the Suffolk County SPCA to administer its annual Amnesty Day," NYSDEC Acting Captain Tom Gadomski said. "Protected and dangerous species need specific care and individuals illegally keeping these animals as pets are at best, keeping native wildlife from breeding in natural habitats, and at worst, endangering themselves and others. Amnesty Day gives individuals the ability to anonymously surrender these animals before they become a danger."
Trained handlers will be available to accept the unlicensed, exotic/illegal  mammals, reptiles, amphibians from the public.  People are asked  to bring the animals in containers which will be returned on a numbered basis. 
Animals that will be accepted during the program:
All reptiles that are venomous
Large Constrictor Snake:
  • Burmese Python
  • Reticulated Python
  • African Rock Python
  • Green Anaconda
  • Yellow Anaconda
  • Australian Amethystine Python 
  • Indian Python
Large Lizards / Monitors:   
  • Asiatic (water) Monitor
  • Nile Monitor
  • White Throat Monitor
  • Black Throat Monitor
  • Crocodile Monitor
  • Komodo Dragon
  • All species and sub-species of Crocodilia (alligators, crocodiles & caimans) 
Wild Animals:
  • Snow Leopard
  • Leopard
  • Clouded Leopard
  • Tiger
  • Asiatic Lion
  • Cheetah
  • Wolf
  • Tasmanian Forester Kangaroo
  • Polar Bear
  • Mountain Lion, Courgar
  • Jaguar
  • Ocelot
  • Margay
  • Primates 
Non-target species:
  • Species that do not require permits, and/or are not threatened or endangered will not be accepted. 
Any questions, please call Suffolk County SPCA (631) 382-7722 or Dept. of Environmental Conservations (631) 444-0250.