Pillowcase filled with 16 MORE SNAKES is discovered dumped in Sunderland
A pillowcase filled with 16 snakes has been discovered just days after bags of pythons were left in almost the same spot outside a Sunderland fire station.
Now its officers have expressed shock after the second collection of snakes found inside the bin, with 15 corn snakes found inside one pillowcase and a male carpet python found in another.
Photos from the animal charity show how one of the pink pillowcases had been taped closed and then secured shut with a cable tie.
The pillowcase was found in a bin near to where the 13 royal pythons were discovered inside two pillowcases on Thursday. One of the snakes found last week died.
The snakes, discovered on Saturday, were rescued by inspector Heidi Cleaver and taken a vet and are now at a specialist reptile centre for further care.
She said: “Having heard about the other poor snakes being abandoned earlier in the week, I couldn’t believe it when the call came through to say there had been even more snakes found in the exact same spot.
“These snakes had been left inside the bin so they were incredibly lucky they didn’t end up in landfill.
“It is really concerning to think that someone has had around 30 snakes or more which they have decided to abandon in this cruel and callous way.
“We were in the midst of Storm Dennis at the weekend when these snakes, who need heat and light in order to survive, were left outside in the cold with just a pillowcase to contain them.
“It would have been very stressful for the snakes to be in such close proximity to each other as well.
“We are now renewing our appeal for information and are extremely keen that anyone with any information about this gets in touch with us on the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”
The RSPCA is urging people in the area to stay vigilant in case there are more vulnerable snakes dumped in the same spot.