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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 16:52

    The 4-foot-long alligator placed at Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in the Town of Fredonia last week has a new home in Chicago.

    The alligator, which was found on Sheboygan’s south side and then taken to Pine View, has a new home at the Chicago Herpetological Society.

    Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden Mike Clutter said his search for a permanent home for the reptile led him to the Milwaukee County Zoo, whose staff sent him to Small Scale Reptile Rescue.

    The organization — a Milwaukee group that assists shelters and animal control agencies rehabilitate abandoned and seized reptiles and find homes for the animals — took the alligator to the Chicago Herpetological Society late Tuesday, July 22.

    The alligator was found near a swampy area off Indiana Avenue and Taylor Drive, just outside the City of Sheboygan limits, about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 20.

    The alligator was emaciated, dehydrated and extremely stressed when it was found, Pine View Executive Director Jean Lord said last week.

     Lord speculated that the reptile was a pet that got too large or was too expensive for its owner to keep.

    The situation is yet another example of people wanting an exotic animal as a pet but not understanding that wild animals aren’t domestic pets, she added.

    “There is no such thing as a pet wild animal,” Lord said.

    Clutter said the discovery of the alligator remains under investigation.

    State law regulates the introduction, stocking and release of wild animals, Clutter said,  adding violators can face a fine of as much as $539.50 for releasing a wild animal.

    Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the DNR at 1-800-847-9367.