Officials: Alligator turned over to Suffolk SPCA after owner didn't have license
An alligator was turned over to the Suffolk SPCA and state Department of Environmental Conservation Tuesday after the owner, who purchased the alligator out of state, did not have a license to own it in New York.
The 2-foot American alligator will now be transported to a wildlife sanctuary.
The SPCA says 22 alligators had been illegally released in a previous year on Long Island.
SPCA Chief Roy Gross said, "Alligators do not make good pets, are a danger to the public, and are illegal to own without a license."
Photos courtesy Suffolk County SPCA