Thursday, February 2, 2023

SPCA: Alleged Good Samaritan Behind Abandoned Alligator Found in NJ Lot

what to know

  • The Monmouth County SPCA said Savion Mendez of East Orange and Angel Rosario of Asbury Park were identified as the primary victims.
  • Although the Monmouth County SPCA states that “at no time was the alligator released in a dangerous or life-threatening condition,” both Mendez, Rosario, and even Rosario’s parents face charges in connection with the alligator’s abandonment. have to do it.
  • The reptile has been taken to Cape May Zoo.

NEW JERSEY — The owner of a juvenile alligator discovered earlier this week inside a plastic container on a vacant New Jersey lot has been located and now faces charges, officials say, after officials found The “Good Samaritan” who reported the startling discovery was actually behind the reptile’s abandonment.

The Monmouth County SPCA said Savion Mendez of East Orange and Angel Rosario of Asbury Park have been identified as the primary victims.

Mendez reportedly bought the juvenile alligator at a Pennsylvania reptile show and kept it in a 150-gallon tank at his East Orange residence. However, according to the Monmouth County SPCA, when Mendez was evicted from his East Orange residence, he moved with the alligator to the Twinbrook apartment complex in Ocean Township, where he and his new roommates now face eviction as well. Is falling

Rosario, an acquaintance of Mendez’s, offered to pick up the alligator, according to authorities. However, when Rosario’s parents refused to let her keep the 3-foot-long reptile, they organized a mass abandonment and presented themselves as good Samaritans to the Neptune Township Police Department.

Although the Monmouth County SPCA states that “at no time was the alligator released in a dangerous or life-threatening condition,” both Mendez, Rosario, and even Rosario’s parents face charges in connection with the alligator’s abandonment. have to do it.

The SPCA said Mendez will have regulatory charges brought by the NJ Department of Fish and Wildlife for violations of possessing a prohibited and threatened exotic species. Meanwhile, Rosario and her parents are accused of falsifying a police report.

Information was not immediately available for a defense attorney.

The reptile has since been brought to Cape May Zoo.

Ross Lisitra, executive director of the Monmouth County SPCA, said, “It is illegal for residents of New Jersey to keep alligators … which are considered a potentially dangerous exotic species.” “Not only is this a danger to the public, but when kept in captivity these animals require very specialized care that only professionals can provide.”

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