An animal charity is offering a £2,500 reward to find those responsible for dumping 29 snakes in pillowcases at a Sunderland fire station.
The reptiles were found abandoned outside Farringdon Fire Station last week in separate bundles.
All the snakes were found in the same location and last week, sadly one of the reptiles that was found died.
The charity PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) are offering the cash reward:
PETA is currently campaigning for better protection for snakes in the UK urging the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs to amend current regulations immediately to ensure that snakes in pet shops and breeding facilities at least enough space to stretch out fully, thus reducing their stress and suffering.
The RSPCA believes the cases are connected and urged anyone with information to get in touch.
Inspector Heidi Cleaver rescued the second nest of snakes and has also urged people in the area to stay vigilant in case there are more vulnerable snakes dumped in the same spot:
Despite being dumped, the RSPCA says they were in fairly good condition. They were taken to a vet to be checked over before going to a specialist reptile centre for further care.
ITV News Tyne Tees reporter Emily Reader spoke to the RSPCA after the second bundle of snakes was discovered.