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Firefighters find 'two bags of snakes' abandoned outside Sunderland station

Two bags of snakes were found abandoned outside a fire station in Sunderland. Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Two bags of snakes were found abandoned outside a fire station in Sunderland.

The crew working the late shift at Farringdon Fire Station were shocked to discover the reptiles slithering in the bags that were dumped outside the building on Station Road on Thursday night.

After making the discovery, the team contacted the RSPCA who came to collect them and keep them safe.

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Animal collection officer David Dawson came to rescue the snakes.

He said:

When I opened up the pillowcase, there was a bundle of snakes inside. It must have been a very strange discovery for the people who found them. They were abandoned next to a bin round the back of the fire station and left in extremely cold conditions.

Reptiles like snakes are completely dependent on their owners, who need to provide them with the correct environment, including heating and lighting, so abandoning them like this leaves them very vulnerable.

It’s quite unusual for someone to have this many pythons and to abandon them in what appears to be a child’s pillowcase.

– David Dawson, RSPCA

A spokesperson for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said crews were shocked to discover two bags of snakes abandoned outside the station.

The RSPCA advises people to contact them on their 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 01234 999 if anyone finds an animal suffering from cruelty, neglect or in distress.

More information can be found on the RSPCA website.