Saying goodbye to exotic pets in Central Florida on amnesty day



VERY HARD TO LET GO. ALEX: SAYING GOODBYE TO A PET IS NEVER EASY. IT WAS AN EMOTION ON FULL DISPLAY DURING EXOTIC PET AMNESTY DAY AT THE CENTRAL FLORIDA ZOO. BRIETTA PHILLIPS: YEAH, THEY'RE MY BABIES. ALEX: BRIETTA PHILLIPS BROUGHT HER BEARDED DRAGONS LEMON AND HARLEY. SHE SAYS SHE DECIDED SHE HAD TO GET RID OF THE REPTILES AFTER CARING FOR THEM BECAME TOO MUCH. BRIETTA PHILLIPS: UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S REALLY HARD FOR ME TO DO IT, BECAUSE I HAD MY BIG ONE SINCE MY GRANDPA PASSED AWAY, SO IT'S EXTREMELY HARD. ALEX: THE STATEWIDE PROGRAM ALLOWS OWNERS TO TURN IN ANIMALS THEY NO LONGER CAN OR WANT TO KEEP. PARTICIPANTS PAY NOTHING AND FACE NO PENALTIES. RANDY MINGO: I THINK IT'S GREAT. YOU SHOULDN'T RELEASE ANY PLANTS OR ANIMALS THAT ARE NOT NATIVE TO FLORIDA. AND PEOPLE DO THAT. IT'S CRAZY. ALEX: RANDY MINGO TURNED IN HIS TWO EIGHT-YEAR-OLD COLOMBIAN BOA CONSTRICTORS, CUFF AND LINK. THE SEVEN-FOOT, 75-POUND SNAKES PRESENTED QUITE THE CHALLENGE FOR THE WILDLIFE OFFICIALS AND VETS PROCESSING THE ANIMALS. WATCH AS ONE OF THE NON-VENOMOUS SNAKES BITES ONE OF THE HANDLERS. GREG WORKMAN: WITH THIS PARTICULAR ONE, IT JUST IT , WASN'T FAMILIAR WITH THE INDIVIDUAL. IT'S BEEN IN A CRATE. HE REACHED IN THERE, AND IT JUST GRABBED HIM. ALEX: OFFICIALS SAY THE RISK IS JUST PART OF THE JOB. OF THE ANIMALS COLLECTED AT AMNESTY EVENTS LIKE THIS, MOST END UP ADOPTED BY LICENSED OWNERS THE VERY SAME DAY. IN SANFORD, ALEX VILLARREAL,

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