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Illegal, Exotic Animal Amnesty Day

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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, September 30, 2017 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. In August an illegal wolf was turned in to the Suffolk County SPCA.  Ownership of a wolf is illegal in NYS.  In 2016 a Suffolk County man was bitten by his illegally owned venomous snake

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.

Any questions, please call Suffolk County SPCA (631) 382-7722


Dept. of Environmental Conservations (631) 444-0250

Animals that will be accepted during the program:

 All reptiles that are venomous


                           Large Constrictor Snake:

1.   Burmese Python 

2.   Reticulated Python 

3.   African Rock Python 

4.   Green Anaconda 

5.  Yellow Anaconda 

6.  Australian Amethystine Python  

7.  Indian Python

                            Large Lizards / Monitors :

                               9.  Asiatic (water) Monitor 

                              10.  Nile Monitor

                              11.  White Throat Monitor 

                              12.  Black Throat Monitor 

                              13.  Crocodile Monitor 

                              14.  Komodo Dragon

        15.  All species and sub-species of Crocodilia (alligators, crocodiles & caimans)                                                                                                       

Wild Animals:

  1. Snow Leopard
  2. Leopard
  3. Clouded Leopard
  4. Tiger
  5. Asiatic Lion
  6. Cheetah
  7. Wolf
  8. Tasmanian Forester Kangaroo
  9. Polar Bear
  10. Mountain Lion, Courgar
  11. Jaguar
  12. Ocelot
  13. Margay
  14. Primates 


Non-target species


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


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