SAUGUS (CBS) — An 18-inch alligator in a fish tank near a Saugus playground was seized by police on Friday.

Police responded to Golden Hill Road at about 3:30 p.m. after a woman reported finding the small American alligator in an aquarium tank in someone’s driveway.

Environmental police seized the alligator and will turn the animal over to a licensed rehabilitator for treatment and relocate it back to the southern part of the country.

Alligator seized in Saugus (Massachusetts Environmental Police photo)

Alligator seized in Saugus (Massachusetts Environmental Police photo)

Alligators are illegal in Massachusetts, officials said.

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