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https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/14/two-...ed-behind-bins-outside-fire-station-12243658/

More than a dozen snakes were found dumped inside a pair of children’s pillowcases around the back of a fire station.

Three large royal pythons and 10 smaller ones were abandoned by the Farringdon Community Fire Station in Sunderland shortly before 6.30pm Thursday evening.

A member of the public called the RSPCA after spotting the pile of discarded bed linen appeared to be wriggling.

Station manager Kev Burns said: ‘We were all very relieved when the RSPCA turned up to collect the snakes, who took them into their care. It is probably one of the strangest incidents we’ve ever had to deal with.’

Animal collection officer David Dawson came to the reptiles’ rescue.

He said: ‘It must have been a very strange discovery for the people who found them. They were abandoned next to a bin around the back of the fire station and left in extremely cold conditions.

‘Reptiles like snakes are completely dependent on their owners who need to provide them with the correct environment, including heating and lighting, so abandoning them like this leaves them very vulnerable.’

He added: ‘It’s quite unusual for someone to have this many pythons and to abandon them in what appears to be a child’s pillowcase.’

One of the snakes has since died. The others are being cared for at a vets in Darlington before being transferred to a specialist reptile facility.

An RSPCA spokesperson said: ‘Snakes aren’t able to produce their own body heat so they rely on their environment to maintain their body temperature.

‘As royal pythons originate from West Africa and are not native to this country they would require a heated environment with the correct temperature range for the species in order to stay healthy and carry out normal behaviour.

‘If snakes become too cold they may not be unable to feed or move normally, and their immune system will not work properly to fight disease, meaning the animal can become very ill.

‘Reptiles often end up in RSPCA care after people realise they’re not easy to look after, or once the novelty wears off.
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Poor snakes, some nice looking morphs too
 

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Looks like some pastels, lessers and spider -

Maybe someone in the area needs to contact the RSPCA and offer a re-homing option.
 

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A long time ago while taking our dog for a walk I found a sack full of by then dead kittens dumped in a horse trough!!,
I've never got that image out of my mind & this is no less despicable! :(
The utter dead/smack head dumpers would know about their upkeep etc given the morphs!.
Words fail me :sad::sad:
 

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I hope if they catch the person they put them in a body bag, tie it up and throw it into a freezer and see how long they survive.

At least the corns would survive better then the Royals would in current conditions !
 

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This has really upset me !


I don't understand why people can't just go to a rescue centre, ask on facebook or forums for help etc etc.


Literally no need to just dump these lovelies outside!


Then I read people's comments on some of the articles "Never understood why anyone would keep a snake as a pet!" and now i'm furious - is this all people care about? why someone else would want to keep a snake?!

Poor snakes :(
 

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This is only a few miles from me.
I would have hoped the person tried to rehome them within the hobby.
There is a rescue here but last time I asked them how they were doing I was told they were not taking in any more snakes as had no room.
I sometimes have people asking me if I can take the odd snake but I don't have the facilities and have been reducing my own collection over the past 2 years.
 
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