MASTIC BEACH, Long Island (PIX11) -- A live alligator was rescued from a home in Suffolk County.
The SPCA was called to a home in Mastic Beach to pick up the 30-inch, 3-year-old gator.
Apparently, someone dropped off the reptile at the home of a woman who used to work for an animal rescue group, then took off.
It's against the law to own an alligator in New York.
The SPCA says people buying exotic animals to keep as pets is a very dangerous trend.
This is the third alligator found in Suffolk County this year.
Anyone who owns an alligator and lets it out into the wild could face jail time.