Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Boston Globe-3 Ft. Alligator Caught Crossing Street In Brockton, Mass

Brockton Animal Control Officer Brian Piche with the captured 3-ft Alligator: George Rizer/Boston Globe

(Story reported by L. Finch for the Boston Globe)

Why did the alligator cross the road?

Animal control officers in Brockton are trying to answer that riddle after a firefighter on his way to work found a 3-foot alligator, wearing a spiked collar and dragging a broken leash, lumbering across Clifton Avenue near Copeland Street Sunday morning.

“It’s not a call we deal with too often, thankfully,” Brockton animal control supervisor Tom DeChellis said. “It seems friendly, as far as alligators go.”

Brockton firefighter Scott Hurst said he was driving to work around 7 a.m. in the residential area when he saw the green reptile in the road near South Junior High School.

Hurst jumped out of his truck, grabbed the animal, tied it down with a bungee cord and called police, he said.

“I’ve never come across anything like that before,” Hurst said. “There’s a lot of kids in the neighborhood. I didn’t want anyone losing a finger.”

A license is required in Massachusetts to keep exotic pets such as alligators, DeChellis said. It appears the alligator was tied up in someone’s backyard and escaped, he said.

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