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Miller Place Owner Turns In Illegal Alligator To Rescue Organization

To avoid fees or jail time, a local resident turned in a baby alligator to the SPCA.

A 2-foot baby alligator was rescued from a Miller Place home last week after the owner called the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The owner, who remains unnamed, did not want to face fines or other illegal charges for keeping the animal in their home. 

Fines include $250 per illegal animal and/or up to a year in prison. 

According to Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross, the owner just missed a reptile amnesty event that was held at the Selden Petco store in September. This event is like an open house. All animals are allowed to be dropped off no questions asked, no fines. 

As a last resort, the owner called the SPCA. Gross said although he might have to pay a fine, turning in the reptile might have saved lives. “There is a reason why they’re illegal. They’re dangerous, they’re unpredictable,” Gross said in a report to CBS News. “An alligator could be up to five feet long. They are capable of killing someone.”

This is not the first time an alligator like this has been caught on Long Island. There have been almost a dozen with the most recent being caught in Southampton

Gross said is anyone sees an alligator or has any information they should contact the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-SPCA.

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