By JOHN T. WARD
The dead reptile was found in a vacant house in the River Plaza section of Middletown.
By WIL FULTON
A four-and-a-half-foot-long Burmese python found dead in a vacant Middletown house last Thursday appears to have been abandoned by its owner, who could face animal cruelty charges, authorities say.
Police, called by neighbors who noticed the front door of 33 George Street had been ajar for several days, found the reptile last Thursday morning. They, in turn, summoned the Monmouth County SPCA.
What we found was a wooden crate, complete with heat lamps, but the electricity and heat had been turned off, so its our belief that the snake succumbed because of the cold, SPCA enforcement Chief Buddy Amato told redbankgreen Friday.
Chief Buddy Amato of the Monmouth County SPCA tells redbankgreen that, contrary to earlier reports, the dog was a dachshund hound, not a boxer-type mix, and authorities still don’t know if the dog drowned or was dead before it wound up in the river.
“We don’t know if this was a boating accident or someone dumped the dog in the river on purpose,” he said.