FONTANA, Calif. (KABC) -- A 5-foot python was found in a dumpster in Fontana Wednesday morning.
Fontana Animal Services officers received a call around 5:30 a.m. regarding a python found inside of an aquarium left in an apartment complex dumpster in the 16900 block of Reed Street.
When officers arrived, they found the python and took it to the Western Riverside Animal Shelter. Animal Services Supervisor Jamie Simmons said the snake was unresponsive and cold to the touch. It was wrapped in a warm towel and then placed inside a warm office room.
Within an hour, the reptile responded well to the warmth. Reptiles can die from exposure to extremely cold temperatures.
The snake will not be up for adoption because he is an exotic animal, and it may likely go to a rescue facility. The Fontana Police Department is looking into the incident and asks anyone with information to call (909) 356-TIPS.
Anyone who leaves an animal to die in a dumpster or displays animal cruelty faces felony charges, according to California law.
5-foot python found in dumpster in Fontana