800 snakes in a garage. These snakes weren’t on a plane, but terrified neighbors in Shirley, NY were worried about snakes in the Long Island garage. Can you imagine?
In truth, the snakes appeared to be in good shape. This isn’t the story of a hoarder – it’s the story of a seller. It turned out that Richard Parinello was selling the reptiles online, and making money.
Parinello, who worked for the nearby town of Brookhaven, was collecting disability from his job, as an animal control officer.
Parinello does not face any criminal charges, but he was issued summonses for running an illegal business out of his home and illegally converting his garage. Also, he had two Burmese pythons, which are illegal to keep in New York State. So, those two snakes were removed an taken to to a wildlife reserve in Massachusetts. Wildlife officials say that the commercial value of the snakes was about $500,000.
While I realize that apparently selling anything out of a garage is frowned upon in this town (actually against city code), personally I think this is a bit of an over-response – as well as the snakes are well cared for.