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Police charge man who illegally crammed basement with tenants, kept deer as pet

GLEN ETIVE, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 04:  Scottish red deer graze following the end of the rutting season on November 4, 2015 in Glen Etive, Scotland. The rutting season sees the large red deer stags compete against each other for mating rights and can be heard roaring and bellowing in an attempt to attract the hinds. The rut draws to a close in early November when the males will spend the winter feeding to regain strength for the following year's season.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

GLEN ETIVE, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Scottish red deer graze following the end of the rutting season on November 4, 2015 in Glen Etive, Scotland. The rutting season sees the large red deer stags compete against each other for mating rights and can be heard roaring and bellowing in an attempt to attract the hinds. The rut draws to a close in early November when the males will spend the winter feeding to regain strength for the following year's season. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)  (2015 Getty Images)

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.

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Newsday says Otavalo, who speaks only Spanish, declined to comment on the charges. He said through an interpreter that he has hired a lawyer.

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