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UPDATE: Alligator Found in Vacant Home
DAYTON -- A 4-foot alligator is now in a much cleaner and safer place.
The alligator was found Thursday morning by a Vectren employee in a bathtub inside a vacant home on Philadelphia Drive. He was removed from that home and is now wading in a kiddie pool at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.
The Vectren worker was there to shut the heat off to the home and was startled to find the reptile and called police.
"These animals need to be heated and with Vectren coming to turn heat off, that would've been a sad death for him," Tim Harrison said.
Harrison is the director for Outreach for Animals. He said the alligator is lucky to be alive.
Harrison said with Ohio's new exotic animal law, which went into effect January 1, more people, unfortunately, will be abandoning their exotic pets to avoid obtaining expensive permits, and insurance that the state now requires.
"I can almost guarantee we are going to see more animals will be abandoned or turned loose. People won't be able to afford it," he said.
Instead of leaving animals to die, Harrison said he wants people to call animal rescue groups, such as Outreach for Animals, to care for unwanted pets.
"We will help you with your animal. Animals don't deserve this. It's not the animal's fault," Harrison said.
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The alligator found Thursday is in good health. He will be checked out by a veterinarian then will eventually go to an alligator sanctuary in Phoenix or North Myrtle Beach.
DAYTON -- A four foot long alligator was found in a bathtub inside a vacant home on Thursday.
Dayton Police said a Vectren employee went into the home on Philadelphia Drive to shut the gas off, and was startled when he found the alligator in the bathroom.
The alligator was taken to the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center and is said to be in good health.
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