Officials find 4-foot pet alligator inside city apartment

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - New Haven police officers responding to a minor dispute got a surprise when they found a 4-foot alligator living as a family pet inside a city apartment.

Police found the alligator in a Ferry Street apartment Tuesday night when a resident called officers, accusing an acquaintance of trying to kick down his door in a dispute about money.

Police called the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to remove the reptile, which the owner willingly relinquished. DEEP spokesman Dwayne Gardner said Wednesday it's being moved to a wildlife sanctuary in Florida.

Connecticut bans private ownership of primates that weigh 35 pounds or more at maturity, along with several species of wild animals such as bears, leopards and wolves. It's not illegal to own alligators, but Gardner says it's "strongly discouraged."

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