Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A “very aggressive” three-foot-long crocodile was found inside a cardboard box left in the parking lot of a Melville office building Tuesday, officials said.The unusual discovery was made at about 11 a.m. at 25 Melville Park Road following an anonymous call to the Town of Huntington Animal Shelter, according to Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross.The worker who took the call was suspicious at first, Gross said, because hoaxes are not uncommon in their experience. But when the shelter employee went to investigate the box in the parking lot of the industrial area, it had a crocodile inside it.Gross noted the crocodile was feisty, and difficult at first to corral. But the crocodile was safely captured and transported to the animal shelter before it was turned over to the Suffolk SPCA.Since crocodiles and similar reptiles like alligators grow at a rate of one foot each year, Gross believes the fanged crocodile is 3 years old.He speculated that its former owner had purchased the reptile when it was young but could not care for it as it grew older, and decided to abandon it. After several years as pets, crocodiles, like alligators, can become “very difficult to handle,” Gross noted.The Suffolk SPCA chief has been vocal in recent months about the risks of owning dangerous reptiles. Long Island has seen a slew of alligators over the past two years. This year alone, the Suffolk SPCA has received at least four calls regarding the crocodilian species—which includes crocodiles, caimans, and alligators. This is the first crocodile discovery Gross can recall in years, he said.Crocodiles and alligators are illegal to own in New York State. Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross holding “aggressive” crocodile found in Melville. (Photo credit: Suffolk SPCA) The Suffolk County SPCA will be pursuing criminal charges, Gross said. If the person who left the reptile menace in Melville is identified and arrested, he or she could face charges of abandonment and endangering the public with a wild animal, which combined carry a penalty of one year in jail or a $1,000 fine. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation could also charge the person who abandoned the croc with possessing an illegal reptile, Gross said.A joint investigation by the Suffolk SPCA and DEC police officers has been opened, Gross said.The Suffolk SPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible. Anyone with any information is asked to call the agency at 631-382-7722.Gross said if the person responsible had called his organization instead of abandoning the reptile in the parking lot he’d consider it amnesty and would not be pressing charges.“It’s unfortunate that people still get these animals illegally,” Gross lamented.
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – The inaugural Conner and Colten Gentry Memorial for Mach-1 Sport Compacts tops the program for Lincoln County Raceway’s second annual Buffalo Bill Wild West Challenge on Tuesday, June 17. The winner’s share is $200 of the $2,000 Sport Compact purse. That feature pays $50 to start.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods both race for $700 to win and a minimum of $100 to start. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks chase a top prize of $425 with a minimum of $90 paid to take the initial green flag. An $11,000 purse will be paid regardless of car count and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded.There are no entry fees. Pit gates at North Platte open at 4 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids and free for youngsters five and under. Pit passes are $30. Questions about the second annual Buffalo Bill Wild West Challenge, presented by the North Platte Visitors Bureau and NebraskaLand National Bank, can be directed to promoter Ed Milne at 308 530-1578 or by emailing [email protected]
Photo: This is the only person that has not been identified in the surveillance tape released December 3rd, 2008 – RCMPOnly one person remains to be identified after the Dawson Creek RCMP released photos from Shoppers Drug Mart. December 3rd the RCMP released 8 photos of people who mailed a letter from the Dawson Creek Shoppers Drug Mart on the same day a letter was sent demanding EnCana leave the Toms Lake area. Subject number 5 still remains to be identified and the RCMP are looking for your help. You can call the toll free tip line at 1-866-994-7473 or Crimestoppers at 1800-222-TIPS. For more information about the on-going investigation into the EnCana Bombings visit www.dawsoncreekbombings.com- Advertisement -Photo: This is another photo of the only person who has not been identified – RCMP