Animal welfare crews rescued a 2-foot alligator from a home in Suffolk County this week.
The ongoing partial government shutdown has meant a halt in inspections for puppy mills and pet dealers, and animal welfare advocates warn this means animals could be put in danger.
The Suffolk County SPCA says owners of illegal pets, such as venomous snakes, constrictors, alligators or other dangerous reptiles, will be able to surrender their animals without a penalty.
Suffolk County police used ropes Monday to pull the bird, possibly and emu, out of the water in Copiague.
Officials said as many as 50 cats and at least one dog were found living in deplorable conditions at the home on Bayonne Avenue in Central Islip.
The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will be holding an amnesty day later this month, where anyone who is keeping an illegal reptile can turn the animal in, no questions asked.
Police called the SPCA to report that a female rose-haired tarantula had been found in the front of a house on Grand Central Avenue.
The puppies were found on the morning of Dec. 18 in a six-foot-deep window well. SPCA chief Roy Gross said the puppies were near death when they were found.
The 1-year-old mix-breed pup named Midnight was found abandoned in a yard last Wednesday, officials said.
The ASPCA and others have been rescuing animals throughout New York City and in parts of New Jersey that were left behind after their owners were forced to evacuate.
A three-foot-long gator was found inside a container in the parking lot of the Applebees Shopping Center in Shirley on Sunday, according to the Suffolk County SPCA.
The animals were living in their own excrement with no food or water and some appeared to be “severely emaciated,” said Roy Gross, Chief of the Suffolk County SPCA.
The 3-month-old pup named Joey was found in a black plastic bag at the closed Pilgrim Psychiatric Center near the Sagtikos Parkway in Brentwood Saturday afternoon.
Joey suffered a broken neck and had bite wounds on his neck, indicating that he may have been used as bait to train other dogs to fight, Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County SPCA said.
The cooler was found around 6:10 p.m. off Sunken Meadow State Park by a patrolling Smithtown Bay Constable boat.