RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Suffolk County Police found a 4-foot alligator at a Ronkonkoma home, the Suffolk County SPCA said.

Suffolk Police immediately contacted the SPCA and Department of Environmental Conservation police after making the discovery.

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(credit: Suffolk County SPCA)

“Alligators do not make good pets and are illegal to own without a license,” said Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross.

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The alligator is being taken to a wildlife sanctuary out of state.

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The owner was charge with illegal possession of the animal.