Police Rescue Alligator On Long Island Expressway

EAST YAPHANK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A 2 1/2 -foot-long alligator found on the shoulder of the Long Island Expressway has been safely removed by police.

Suffolk County police said a motorist spotted the gator on Monday in East Yaphank, in the eastbound shoulder of the highway.

Chief Michael Sharkey tells Newsday that officers used milk crates to contain the alligator. He says the creature was probably a pet that was dumped or got loose.

He said people often get them as pets and then release them after they get too big.

The Suffolk SPCA was offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction for animal cruelty of the person who may have abandoned the gator on the road.

If they find the person who owned the gator, what should be done? Leave a comment below…

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  • iggy

    maybe it got loose in the hurricane floods?

  • Jo

    Survival of the fittest. I think having alligators around long island could be good I think having some predators around would help the obesity problem in long island. People would have to be ready to run or fight. Too many sloppy out of shapers are around without worry.

  • Sherri

    They found a 3 foot alligator in someones driveway in western New York, (Jamestown) yesterday. No one has come forth to claim…

  • dbj

    I’m assuming you’re a vegan and don’t wear leather or eat meat.

  • Francis Ward

    These gators have a slow way of migrating north. Now, close to the VA border. Don’t encourage them to live in the wild here, before long we will have an Everglades.

  • Epidi

    Let the moron work at a gator farm for 6 months community service and a hefty fine that will go towards the care of these modern day dinosaurs.

  • Epidi

    Whomever lets these poor reptiles loose is a moron. There is no way they could survive the cold weather up here. Instead of turning it over to the SPCA, humanely euthanizing, or finding a reptile house to take it – they let it suffer to starve or freeze to death! I grew up in FL, if they get hungry enough and have no fear of people, that’s when problems start of them taking pets or small children for a meal.

    • Gwendolyn Goatherd

      Send them my way. Maybe they’ll take care of my neighbor’s yappy dog.

  • daloland

    tie him up and feed him to his own “pet”

  • warrior-woman

    Take the former owner to a Florida alligator farm and toss him into the pond with the big boys. Don’t feed ’em for a while, so they’re reeeal hungry.

  • UrMom

    Thank God they got him, now he’s free to grow up safe and continue his quest to eat small tasty children..

  • vicki

    with all the wild animals being dummped all over the country, I say you make an example out of whoever it is & issue a big fine!!

  • Charlie Sheen

    even the alligators are tired of Florida and moving back to Long Island.

  • Arty

    Pay to have to gator returned safely to the wild plus a $1,000.00 Fine.

  • bill

    make shoes out of it

    • Your Boss

      In not too long you’ll have all the time in the world to post ignorant comments…

  • Barry Levine

    If they find the guy who abandoned the gator the owner should be fed to the gator….LIVE!!!!

    Ooooohh, he just bit my arm off!!!!!

  • L. Whang

    $5,000 fine plus 3 months jail time

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