7-foot Alligator Removed From Ohio Home Basement

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say animal cruelty charges may be filed against a man who was keeping a 7-foot alligator in his basement in suburban Dayton.

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton removed the reptile from the man's home in Huber Heights on Sunday after getting a tip about mistreatment.

Local officials said the alligator was not being kept in proper conditions and was not on a proper diet. Its growth is stunted for its age, and it is showing other signs of deteriorating health.

The Dayton Daily News reports that animal cruelty charges could be filed against the owner and others who appeared in a Facebook video that showed them taunting the animal.

The alligator will be moved to a refuge in Florida. The owner's name hasn't been released.

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