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100 animals, including exotic, endangered species, seized from Long Island home

This place was literally an animal house.

A Long Island man has been fined thousands of dollars after 100 animals, including South African ostriches and other exotic and endangered species, were found inside his home, authorities said.

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including federal agents, raided the North Bellmore residence Tuesday night and found the animals in the basement and backyard.

Authorities found 100 animals inside the man's home, including South African ostriches and other exotic and endangered species. humane long island

Among the discoveries were the South African ostrich Himelea, two peacocks, dozens of chickens, ducks and geese, Humane Long Island said.

Authorities also seized an endangered tiger salamander, a giant African snail and a North American opossum, as well as a pair of prairie dogs, a water monitor, a savannah monitor, a sulcata tortoise and multiple degus, the group said.

Dozens of quail, which were believed to have been fed to reptiles inside the house, were also rescued.

Law enforcement and federal authorities found the animals in the basement and backyard. NBC New York

Matthew Sporer, 32, was charged with multiple violations totaling thousands of dollars in fines. NBC4 New York reported.

John Di Leonardo, executive director of Humane Long Island, told the station that Sporer claimed to have bought the ostrich as an egg on eBay while intoxicated.

The group said an investigation began in October when an unlicensed exhibitor displayed some of the animals at the Belmore Street Festival, leading to a report to Humane Long Island.

Matthew Sporer, 32, was charged with multiple violations totaling thousands of dollars in fines. NBC New York

“Illegal wildlife trade is one of the biggest sources of criminal proceeds after arms smuggling and drug trafficking. But the animals are paying the price,” anthropozoologist Di Leonardo said in a statement. .

“Hoarding giant birds, prairie dogs, and endangered species in small basements or backyard sheds is cruel, and confining them in cages next to their natural predators can cause extreme stress. Simply put. , wild animals are not pets.”

“It was disturbing,” said Matt Roper, law enforcement director for the Nassau County SPCA. he told Newsday. “The animals were all well cared for. There was no neglect, but he owned animals that were on the endangered species list and were a danger to the public.”

An investigation into unlicensed exhibitors led to a tip to Humane Long Island after some of the animals were exhibited at the Belmore Street Festival in October. humane long island

Newsday approached the targeted home Thursday, but the man declined to comment over an intercom doorbell.

Rhea ended up being taken to a bird sanctuary in North Carolina, and the other birds will be taken into care by Humane Long Island.

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