Gator found in Shirley is 5th abandoned on LI

This 3-foot alligator was found in a plastic

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This 3-foot alligator was found in a plastic tub early Sunday outside an Applebee's restaurant in a Shirley shopping mall at Montauk Highway and William Floyd Parkway, Suffolk County police said. This is the fifth alligator found abandoned on Long Island in nine days. (Oct. 7, 2012) (Credit: Stringer News Service)

The number of alligators abandoned on Long Island grew by one after a fifth was found early Sunday in Shirley, Suffolk police said.

The 3-foot reptile was found in a plastic container outside the Applebee's restaurant at Montauk Highway and William Floyd Parkway about 2 a.m., police said.

It was the fifth gator found abandoned on Long Island in 10 days. The first was found Sept. 28...

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