These alligators were surrendered during an animal amnesty event on Long Island, October 2015. (Suffolk County SPCA photo)
HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Suffolk County authorities say an amnesty event for people who own exotic animals they shouldn't have has brought in three alligators and 8 turtles.
The animals were turned in Saturday at the Holtsville Ecology Center. [SEE MORE EXOTIC ANIMALS FOUND IN NEW YORK]
Chief Roy Gross of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the three alligators were all about three feet long and healthy.
He says a snapping turtle that was turned in was sick, and a box turtle that was brought in was deformed.
The event allows people to turn in animals without being prosecuted.
In other years, animals including marmosets and a snake have been brought in.