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.

Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 11:47 am

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.

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16 snakes were found dumped in a pillow case outside of Farringdon Fire Station in Sunderland

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.

This is what the RSPCA saw when its inspector opened one of the pink pillowcases left in the bin at the back of Farringdon Community Fire Station.

“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 bin where the snakes were found and one of the pillowcases when it was found sealed up.

The RSPCA is urging people in the area to stay vigilant in case there are more vulnerable snakes dumped in the same spot.

The snakes were found near Farringdon Community Fire Station.
A Buzz Lightyear pillowcase was used to contain the first lot of snakes found near the fire station in the first incident, with 13 found in total.