By Madina Toure
The 109th Precinct announced last week that a Komodo dragon found in Murray Hill at the end of February and rescued by officers from the precinct is now being cared for in an animal hospital.
At about 8:34 p.m. Feb. 28, police responded to a 911 call of a loose lizard at 35-05 167th St., according to the police.
Upon their arrival, the officers observed a lizard, known as a Komodo dragon, in the basement of the location, police said.
They retrieved the lizard and transported it to Central Veterinary Associates in Valley Stream, officials said.
No arrests have been made, the Police Department said.
The precinct posted a photo of the lizard with an upside-down garbage can covering it and its tail sticking out.
“No job is routine in the #109Pct—Can anyone guess what residents were holding for us under this trash can?” the precinct tweeted on its Twitter page March 23.
It is illegal to sell or keep wild or illegal animals in New York City. Among those animals are iguanas, gila monsters and many other lizards.
Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at mtour