New York state holds illegal reptile amnesty day

Sept. 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM

RIVERHEAD, N.Y., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Authorities in New York state say they will hold an amnesty day for people illegally possessing reptiles and amphibians.

The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it is teaming up with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for an Amnesty Day Saturday to allow people illegally possessing reptiles and amphibians to turn the animals over without any legal consequences.

"The purpose of this effort is to get these reptiles and amphibians into a controlled environment where they can be cared for properly," Roy Gross of the Suffolk SPCA 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," Gross said.

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