HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Police found a foot-long alligator at a home in Suffolk County Wednesday and turned the little reptile over to the local SPCA.

Suffolk County Police Department Detectives were at a house in Hauppauge when they discovered the animal. Suffolk County SPCA Detectives and the NYS Department of Environment Conservation responded to the scene.

Police found a foot-long alligator at a home in Suffolk County Jan. 16, 2019, and turned the little reptile over to the local SPCA. (credit: Suffolk County SPCA)

Alligators are illegal to possess in New York State without a permit.

Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross said that alligators are not only illegal, they can be dangerous.

The alligator will be placed with a sanctuary in Massachusetts, Gross said.