A two-foot long American Alligator was rescued by an animal welfare group on Wednesday from a home in Miller Place.
Chief Roy Gross of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty said the alligator was turned in by the owner who missed the amnesty day a few weeks ago. Gross said the alligator appeared to be in good health and will be turned over to a licensed reptile facility.
The owner reportedly missed an animal amnesty day held in Selden in Sept.
“The owner did the right thing by calling us and turning over the alligator rather than setting it loose somewhere,” Gross said in a statement.
A total of 19 alligators have been turned in or abandoned on Long Island in a little over a year according to the SPCA.