NEWARK, N.J. - A dead 4-foot-long alligator has been found in a park in northern New Jersey.

The county sheriff's office says it removed the dead animal from Newark's Weequahic Park after a jogger spotted the reptile around 7 a.m. Tuesday.

NJ.com reports  Sheriff Armando Fontoura said in a statement that officials believe the alligator was a pet.

The remains were turned over to the Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey.

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Information from: NJ.com, http://www.nj.com