Sunday, August 18, 2013
A small alligator found dumped in a Kansas lake and shot was returned to its owner on Saturday.
The owner said his alligator, Cletus, went missing in July or August when there was a large party at the county lake. He believes someone knew he kept the alligator in a pen on his property and took it.
A short time later, some anglers at the Atchison County Lake found it while fishing. They alerted the lake's caretaker, who called the sheriff's department.
The Atchison County Sheriff's Office said before deputies could finalize arrangements with the humane society about how to safely and effectively trap the alligator to take it to the Monkey Island nonprofit animal sanctuary in Greenwood, Missouri, they got a call that someone had shot and killed the alligator.
While investigating, deputies said they found out the alligator wasn't killed, but wounded. Someone at Monkey Island checked out the alligator, and Dana Savorelli with Monkey Island Rescue said they determined it had been shot in front of its eye on the snout. The bullet had gone completely through, and they said the alligator would fully recover.
The sheriff's department tracked down the alligator's owner, who said he would keep Cletus in a more secure pen once he got him back. The owner came to Monkey Island rescue and was reunited with his pet once again.