ACCT Philadelphia says it’s dealing with too many exotic animals

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT) is already trying to clear shelters of cats and dogs, but now the organization says it’s dealing with a range of exotic animals as well.

“It seems to have increased over the past two months, even just calls where people find them in random places. One of the calls was a snake found in someone’s couch and they didn’t have a pet snake,” said Sarah Barnett of the ACCT.

One of the problems with ACCT accepting these exotic animals is that they have no place to store them and they can really only house exotic animals for a day or two.

Most of these exotic animals are legal. But if people don’t have the time and space, it’s harmful and cruel to the animal, and they risk getting detached.

Barnett also said someone recently attempted to deliver a Siberian tiger cub.

“You can’t have the right habitat for a Siberian tiger. It’s cruel and poses a huge security risk. We offered to take it over and connect it to a sanctuary. They seemed excited and then called their friend who had already sold the cub,” Barnett said.

And here’s a warning for those thinking about releasing snakes, reptiles and birds into the wild.

“They’re not wild at this point. They’ve been domesticated enough,” Barnett said.

Many cannot survive in our local ecosystem. You could become a new predator and plague an unsuspecting neighborhood.

“A Burmese python can eat someone’s Chihuahua if it’s loose,” Barnett said.

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