Alligators, pythons and a tarantula removed from Brooklyn public housing apartment
Animal Care & Control was called in to remove one boa constrictor, five pythons, two bearded dragons, two alligators, a gecko, a scorpion and a tarantula.
Police on Friday confiscated alligators, snakes and other exotic pets illegally being held at a public housing unit in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
The NYPD said it came across the animals at the Weeksville Houses on Dean Street while executing an unrelated search warrant.
Animal Care & Control was then called in to remove one boa constrictor, five pythons, two bearded dragons, two alligators, a gecko, a scorpion and a tarantula.
It is against New York City Housing Authority rules to have these pets, but no arrests were made, according to police.
"Most of the animals removed were illegal," said Richard Gentles, a spokesman with Animal Care & Control. "They have since been placed with an [organization] that specializes in their care."
The ASPCA says that keeping exotic pets is "bad for the animals, bad for us and bad for the environment."
1. August 2011: A 10-foot python was found coiled up in the bathroom sink of a Brownsville, Brooklyn, apartment.
2. October 2007: A 7-foot python made its way up some piping and into the toilet of a fourth-floor walkup in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
3. October 2003: Police rappelled down a 19-story public housing building in Harlem in order to tranquilize a 425-pound tiger. A large caiman was also found in that unit.