New York man accused of overcrowding, keeping deer as pet
Posted October 13
SPRINGS, N.Y. — A New York man is accused of numerous housing and code violations and illegally keeping a deer as a pet in his Long Island yard.
East Hampton Town police were called Wednesday after receiving a call of possible overcrowding at the Springs home.
Police say Angel Otavalo had illegally converted the basement into seven bedrooms. They charged him with failing to have a certificate of occupancy for various rooms, failing to have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and construction without a permit.
They also charged him with unlawful possession of wildlife.
Police say there were eight vehicles parked in the driveway when they arrived.
Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/2dZ56JY ) says Otavalo, who speaks only Spanish, declined to comment on the charges. He said through an interpreter that he has hired a lawyer.