On Saturday, Suffolk county animal welfare officials headed to Lilly Pond Park on Long Island in search of a reported alligator. Upon arriving, they located a 3 foot alligator in a lake near a children's play area according to a NBC New York
A lieutenant with the SPCA ( Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), equipped with protective gear, waded into the water to rescue the alligator before transporting it to a wildlife rescue.
The Suffolk County SPCA chief Roy Gross told CBS New York
“Anybody that would do something like that with an illegal reptile is facing jail time. They [alligators] do not make good pets. If you want to see an alligator, you want to see the snakes, go to a zoo.””
He went on to say that the alligator would not have survived long with the cold weather.
It is illegal to keep alligators and other wild animals as pets in the state of New York.
SPCA officials say this was the latest in a string of reptiles found on Long Island, and the second found over the weekend.
On Saturday, a 3 foot boa constrictor was found in Mastic Long Island. On Oct. 8th an alligator, measuring close to 4 feet long, was found in a plastic container outside an Applesbees in Shirley Long Island. Another alligator was found earlier this month in a couples apartment. A total of 7 have been found in less then a month, with the first being located on Sept. 28th. Besides the alligators and the boa constrictor, a rattlesnake and an iguana have also been found.
Gross has not called the rash of alligator sightings in Long Island an epidemic, but he did acknowledge that all the alligators found were same breed and similar in age.