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Abandoned boa constrictor dies; reward offered in case

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A reward is being offered in connection with the abandonment of a boa constrictor snake that later died on Long Island.

The Humane Society of the United States has put up $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of whomever dumped the three-foot snake on the street in Mastic.

The boa was found with a broken fish tank on the corner of Mastic Road and Roberts Road.

Cops and Suffolk County SPCA officers brought the snake to a local animal rescue organization, but the reptile later died of its injuries.

The snake was hurt either through neglect or from being abandoned, the Suffolk SPCA said.

"This is the latest in a string of cases involving the abandonment of dangerous snakes and other reptiles in New York. We hope this reward will encourage people to come forward with information about this terrible crime," said Brian Shapiro, New York state director for HSUS. "The trade in these non-native snakes threatens public safety, animal welfare and the environment."

Several small alligators have been found wandering around residential areas of Long Island in recent weeks. Officials are investigating if these reptiles are connected.

Anyone with information about the case should call (631) 382-7722.

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