Owners Of Illegal Pets Will Be Able To Surrender Animals Without Penalty

SELDEN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — An amnesty day is being held this weekend in Suffolk County for residents who want to surrender their illegal reptiles or amphibians.

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.

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SPCA Chief Roy Gross says animals like alligators can be very dangerous.

“There is a reason why they’re illegal. They’re dangerous, they’re unpredictable,” Gross said. “An alligator could be up to five feet long. They are capable of killing someone.”

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The event is being held Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Petco on Middle Country Road in Selden.

For more information, visit suffolkspca.org.

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