What to Know
- Police had a surprising encounter with an alligator in Suffolk County Wednesday
- The Suffolk County SPCA was contacted by detectives who were at a Hauppague, Long Island, home and encountered the reptile
- The 1-foot-long alligator was confiscated from the home and will be taken to a sanctuary in Massachusetts
Police had a surprising encounter with an alligator in Suffolk County Wednesday.
The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says it was contacted by detectives who were at a Hauppague, Long Island, home "in an unrelated matter" and encounterd the reptile.
The Suffolk County SPCA and New York State Department of Environment Conservation responded to the location and confiscated a 1-foot-long alligator from the home.
Alligators are illegal to possess in New York without a permit.
Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross said that alligators are not only illegal, they are dangerous.
The alligator will be placed in a sanctuary in Massachusetts, according to Gross.