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So what was an alligator doing in a puddle in Ohio?

June 17, 2010 |  6:13 pm

Catching a gator in Ohio

Witnesses say a reptile wrangler used his bare hands to capture a 4-foot alligator that an alert dog noticed outside an Ohio business.

Employee Jeff Colucy was with his Weimaraner in the parking lot of a Columbus company that makes office fixtures when the dog went on alert Wednesday morning, focused on the alligator hunkered down in a puddle, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

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.

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-- Associated Press

Photo: A photo released by Jeff Tate shows reptile wrangler Chris Law catching an alligator in Ohio. Credit: Associated Press.

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