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Amnesty Day for owners of illegal animals

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The Suffolk County SPCA, in cooperation with the Town of Brookhaven Holtsville Ecology Center, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife and USDA hosted an Amnesty Day for dangerous reptiles, amphibians, and illegal mammals over the weekend on Long Island.

Among the 25 animals turned over were a few common marmoset monkeys, a diamondback rattlesnake and even an alligator.

The animals were taken to a shelter where they can be cared for properly.

Chief Roy Gross of the Suffolk SPCA said that the Amnesty Day was the first of its kind for unlawfully possessed mammals in Suffolk County.

"The purpose of this effort was to get these animals into a controlled environment where they could be cared for properly," Gross said. This comes in the wake of releases of alligators, snakes, and other reptiles into communities in Suffolk County. "People who were in possession of these animals unlawfully were able to turn them in to us without fear of prosecution" said Chief Gross.

Trained handlers were on hand to accept the animals from the public.

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