The Humane Society is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who stabbed, shot and abandoned a 7-foot-long Burmese python near York Haven last week.
The snake, found in a pull-off area near Brunner Island, was euthanized after the staff at East York Veterinary Center determined its wounds were too severe to survive.
Melissa Smith, executive director of the York County SPCA, has said the animal's former owner could be charged with animal cruelty for abandoning the snake if he or she can be found. Whoever injured the snake would also face charges, she said.
"This poor snake suffered horribly as a result of this violent attack, and we are hopeful that our reward brings forward anyone with information," said Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania director for the Humane Society, according to a news release. "Snakes require specialized expertise and care and deserve the same humane treatment as all other animals."
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call SPCA Humane Police Officer Nicole Boyer at (717) 764-6109, extension 127.