- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MELVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a crocodile has been found in an industrial parking lot on Long Island.

Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross says a $1,000 reward is now being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

The three-foot crocodile was found Tuesday morning in Melville after an anonymous caller notified a local animal shelter. Gross says investigators believe the caller may have been the one who dumped the reptile.

Gross said the crocodile was found in a cardboard box in the middle of the parking lot and appeared aggressive.

He says whoever dumped the creature could face misdemeanor charges. If they would’ve surrendered the animal to police, they could have been given amnesty.

It is illegal to own a crocodile in New York without a license.

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