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June 25, 2010 > Dog spots gator in Ohio parking lot puddle

Dog spots gator in Ohio parking lot puddle

Submitted By AP Wire Service

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP), Jun 17 - A dog that normally perks up for birds alerted its owner to something much more unusual outside an Ohio business: a 4-foot alligator.

Sales manager Jeff Colucy had his Weimaraner in the parking lot at a Columbus company that makes office fixtures when the dog went ``on point'' Wednesday morning. Colucy told his boss he discovered the dog was focused on an alligator hunkered down in a puddle.

Police brought in reptile wrangler Chris Law, who captured the gator by grabbing it at the tail with his bare hands. He says he didn't have his usual reptile rescue gear because he was about to leave on vacation.

Law says people often buy alligators as pets, then dump them when they get too big. He picks up about 40 a year and turns them over to wildlife rescue groups.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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