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Burglary call leads New York police to illegal bathtub alligator

By
Ben Hooper
An alligator was removed from the bathtub of a Staten Island home by police investigating reports of a burglary. Photo by @NYPDPaws/Twitter
An alligator was removed from the bathtub of a Staten Island home by police investigating reports of a burglary. Photo by @NYPDPaws/Twitter

NEW YORK, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- New York police responding to a reported burglary apprehended a different type of suspect -- an alligator living in a bathtub.

The New York Police Department's Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad tweeted photos of the 2-to-3-foot alligator discovered by members of the 121st Precinct during a burglary investigation about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Police said the officers arrived to find the back door of the Staten Island residence was open and no humans were found inside.

The alligator, found in a bathtub, is believed to be an illegal pet. It was seized and taken to Animal Care and Control.

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