Abandoned alligator stuffed in storage container found in New Jersey: ‘Dangerous alien species’
A three foot long alligator was recently found abandoned in a small town in New Jersey.
On Sunday, January 15, the reptile was found in a plastic storage container left in a vacant lot in Neptune, New Jersey, according to the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MCSPCA).
The MCSPCA was able to find the hidden alligator after a “good Samaritan” named Angel Rosario called law enforcement when he saw the abandoned container in the lot next to his home, the welfare group wrote. animals in a press release on Monday, January 16.
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MCSPCA officers were dispatched and located the container on Bangs Avenue, a street located in the northeast area of Neptune Township.
The alligator was found Sunday night in below freezing temperatures, according to the MCSPCA.
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“It is illegal for New Jersey residents to keep alligators or caimans, which are considered potentially dangerous alien species,” Ross Licitra, executive director of the Monmouth County SPCA, said in a statement.
“Not only is it a danger to the public, but these animals, when kept in captivity, require special care that only professionals can provide,” continued Licitra.
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The Monmouth County SPCA determined it was a juvenile and the reptile was transported to the agency’s shelter in Eatontown, New Jersey, where it was placed in a “clean tank” with “proper ventilation” and routine control -weather, the press release says.
Officials at the Monmouth County SPCA initially said they would transfer the alligator to the New Jersey Department of Fish and Wildlife, but the organization updated their social media followers on Tuesday, January 17, that the alligator will be sent in Cape May County Park & Zoo in Cape May Courthouse, New Jersey.
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The Monmouth County SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Division is urging anyone with information about how the alligator ended up in an abandoned storage container to contact the agency at 732-440-1539.