Dozens of exotic pets surrendered during amnesty event

Published On: Apr 05 2014 05:25:41 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 05 2014 06:46:23 PM EDT

Dozens of unwanted exotic pets were collected Saturday in Brevard County.


Dozens of unwanted exotic pets were collected Saturday in Brevard County.

It was all part of Exotic Pet Amnesty Day. The event, held at Wickham Park, was considered a big success by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The commission collected everything from turtles and ferrets to a 14-foot python.

Amnesty Day was designed as a way for owners who could no longer care for their animals to give them up, no questions asked.

A few of the animals that were turned in were illegal to own, such as native turtles and snakes. Others required permits.

Liz Barraco, a spokesperson for the FWC, said having events like this are important. They give owners an option other than releasing them into the wild.

"We do have populations of non-native animals established in the state of Florida, and you know these were really started by a released or escaped non-native species," said Barraco. "The environment is not prepared for that animal, they're not prepared for it as a prey species or to have it in the area."

All the animals were seen by veterinarians and will be given up for adoption to per-approved families.

If you missed the event but would still like to surrender an unwanted exotic pet, you're asked to call the FWC hotline at 888-IVE-GOT1.


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