Gator Found on Long Island 20th in 16 Months

Police spotted the alligator in a tank Friday when they were in the Islip home on an unrelated matter

Monday, Nov 18, 2013  |  Updated 9:29 AM EDT
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Gator Found on Long Island 20th in 16 Months

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Authorities say a 13-inch alligator found in a home in Islip is the 20th alligator found on Long Island in the past 16 months.
 
Police spotted the alligator in a tank Friday when they were in the Islip home on an unrelated matter.

  The Suffolk County SPCA and the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation responded and confiscated the animal.
 
It is illegal to own an alligator in New York state. The owners of the alligator found in Islip could be fined.
 
The Suffolk SPCA hosted a reptile amnesty program in September where people could turn their illegal pets in without facing charges.
 
SPCA Chief Roy Gross says the alligator found Friday was in good health. It will be sent to a safe location like an animal sanctuary.
 

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