Aban­doned pythons now bound for sanc­tu­ary

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Po­lice say two snakes are headed for a new home af­ter be­ing found aban­doned out­side a pet store just north of Toronto. York re­gional po­lice say they were called to the rep­tile store on Mon­day morn­ing af­ter hear­ing re­ports that two bins full of snakes had been left out­side in the sun. Const. Andy Pat­ten­den says po­lice in­stead dis­cov­ered that the bins only con­tained one Burmese python each. The an­i­mals, which Pat­ten­den says are be­tween six and eight me­tres long, are pro­hib­ited un­der city by­laws spec­i­fy­ing the max­i­mum size of rep­tiles that can live there Pat­ten­den says a rep­tile sanc­tu­ary in Peter­bor­ough, Ont., agreed to take the an­i­mals, which are now en route to their new home. Pat­ten­den says the sit­u­a­tion is not be­ing treated as a crim­i­nal mat­ter and no charges are pend­ing.

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