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Thursday 20 June 2019

Sammi the snake dies after being abandoned in Sally Gap

Sammi the snake
Sammi the snake

A Burmese Python which was found abandoned in the Sally Gap area last week died shortly after being rescued.

A local farmer raised the alarm after finding the five foot long snake, believed to be female. She was found to be underweight, dehydrated and injured. 'She was very unwell when rescued and despite all efforts, sadly she didn't make it,' said a spokesperson for the ISPCA.

The snake was secured by a National Parks and Wildlife representative after the farmer raised the alarm. ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said: 'In addition to the potentially illegal release of a non-native species, there are numerous possible offences under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013. This snake did not make its own way up the Wicklow Mountains and we believe that it was abandoned and left in an environment not suited to an animal of this type. We suspect that it had been abandoned some days prior to her discovery but we also have reason to be concerned about the care that it was receiving prior to its release.' Rescuers, who had named the snake Sammi, were concerned immediately that she would not pull through.

'Animals such as Sammi have very specialised environmental requirements and will suffer slow, lingering deaths in normal Irish weather conditions,' said Mr Dowling.

'During the exceptional summer last year, the ISPCA rescued two snakes which were active due to the warm weather. It raises the question how many animals of this type are out there dying slowly after being discarded by irresponsible owners that no longer want them. The ISPCA would like to see regulation of the breeding, selling and keeping of exotic pets.'

If anyone has any information about Sammi the ISPCA would very much like to hear from them. Call the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or email helpline@ispca.ie in confidence.

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