Reported by fios1news.com
Another alligator has been spotted in a pond near the Central Islip Courthouse and the person who set it free is facing jail time, authorities said.
Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross says the alligator was seen by a woman walking her dog and the reptile entered the pond as she approached to get a closer look.
Investigators from the Suffolk County SPCA specially trained in handling dangerous reptiles responded along with officers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Attempts to lure out the foot-long alligator were unsuccessful.
Authorities say smaller creatures cannot survive the cooler night time temperatures or low water temperatures.
Because the “alligator is facing a death sentence,” the person who placed it there could face a penalty of up to 2 years in jail for animal cruelty and abandonment, Gross said.
Investigators are reviewing the courthouse security cameras for possible clues of who dumped the baby alligator in the pond.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722. Calls will be kept confidential.
Dozens of alligators and other illegal reptiles have been abandoned on Long Island in recent years. In June, a 15-inch gator was found in Mill Pond in Yaphank. The the animal bit a man who spotted it near his canoe and tried to pick it up.
UPDATE: Thursday, April 23
The alligator was spotted in the pond behind building R. If you see him, please remember to call the Suffolk Couty SPCA so that he can be safely captured.
UPDATE: Saturday, April 25
There has been no additional sightings reported.
UPDATE: Tuesday, April 28
Still no additional sightings reported. It is thought that the alligator did not survive the recent cold evenings.