Pet alligator seized from NY store
Published 03/10/2010 | 10:29
A pet alligator has been seized from a liquor store on New York's Long Island.
The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the three-foot long illegally kept alligator was removed from Alpine Wines and Liquors in Wading River.
Authorities say two employees of the store were issued tickets for possession of an illegal animal. The American alligator will be sent to a sanctuary out of state.
The store's proprietor told Newsday newspaper that an employee had asked her to take care of it while he was apartment hunting and that she believed the animal was a monitor lizard, not an alligator.