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New Yorkers caught with illegal animals


UPI News Service, 03/17/2013 

New York City inspectors busted more than 24 people for allegedly keeping, selling or displaying exotic animals that are illegal to own.

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Health Department records show that more than 24 people in New York were caught will the illegal exotic animals, including stingrays, scorpions, snakes and a sloth, the New York Post reported.

A man from Long Island was caught with the most impressive collection of animals, which included a king snake, lemur, hedgehog, marmoset, sloth, and a coati, a raccoon-type animal, all of which he brought to a child's birthday party in Manhattan's Upper East Side, New York City records show.

City inspectors also found six stingrays in a Queens pet shop, two in a Lower East Side store and a foot-long blue-spot stingray on Staten Island.

A black scorpion, tarantula and a white-faced capuchin monkey were found in Brooklyn's East Flatbush neighborhood.

And a Washington Heights store was caught selling 10 piranhas.

People caught with the illegal critters faced $500 fines for each animal, the newspaper said.


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