July 17, 2017 1:11 pm
Updated: July 17, 2017 10:32 pm

1 of 2 large pythons abandoned outside Newmarket, Ont., pet store dies: police

York Regional Police say two snakes were left outside a Newmarket reptile store on July 17.

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NEWMARKET, Ont. – Police say one of two snakes found abandoned outside a pet store just north of Toronto has died.

York Region police were called to the reptile store in Newmarket, Ont., on Monday morning after hearing reports that two bins full of snakes had been left outside in the sun.

Const. Andy Pattenden said police instead discovered that the bins only contained one Burmese python each measuring between six and eight metres long.

Pattenden said the Indian River Reptile Zoo east of in Peterborough, Ont., agreed to take the animals.

But police tweeted on Monday evening that one of the snakes had died and the other is in “rough shape but in excellent care” at the zoo.

Police also said this is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information on who owned and-or left the snakes to come forward.

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