19th alligator taken into custody on Long Island

19th alligator taken into custody on Long Island


Abandoning alligators is a misdemeanor offense in NY State, but can incur heavy fines and even some jail time

A very “aggressive” 3-foot long alligator suffering from bone disease was surrendered on Long Island yesterday as part of an amnesty surrender day sponsored by the Suffolk County SPCA. It was the 19th alligator recovered on the Island since last October, where abandoned reptiles were found in a number of public areas including 2 at the Pathmark Parking lot in Baldwin, and a golf course in Shirley.

“Abandoning gators is a misdemeanor offiense, but can incur heavy fines and even some jail time,” stated Suffolk SPCA chief Roy Gross.

All in all, 8 reptiles were collected at the “no questions asked” event held at Petco in Selden, including an “equally aggressive snapping turtle,” 3 red-eared slider turtles, a Brazilian rainbw boa constrictor, a 6-foot Dumeril boa constrictor and a common boa. All except the alligator and snapping turtle are legal to own in New York State.

According to Gross, they had also expected to receive a monkey, but the owner never showed. In the future the agency said it may very well consider a similar event especially for illegal mammals.