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Ohio police department wrangles 25-year-old American alligator from a basement

The Madison Township Police Department were called to a home for an alligator inside a home.
The Madison Township Police Department were called to a home for an alligator inside a home.
Posted at 11:55 AM, Feb 28, 2020

GROVEPORT, Ohio — An Ohio Police Department responded to an unusual call that they weren’t prepared for or trained for in the police academy: wrangling an American alligator from a basement.

On Thursday, Madison Township Police Department said “see ya later” to an American alligator that was pinned down in a basement of a Groveport residence, a city located outside of Columbus.

The Madison Township Police Department were called to a home for an alligator inside a home.
The Madison Township Police Department were called to a home for an alligator inside a home.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture was notified, and it was determined the residents did not have a valid exotic animal permit as required by the state of Ohio.

The Madison Township Police Department were called to a home for an alligator inside a home.
The Madison Township Police Department were called to a home for an alligator inside a home.

State wildlife officials responded to the residence, where the property owner voluntarily surrendered the animal.

The 25-year-old alligator is retiring to an animal sanctuary in sunny Myrtle Beach; police had a few words for their scaly friend before the send-off: "See ya later, alligator!"