19:09 GMT25 July 2021
Listen Live
    US
    Get short URL
    by
    305
    Subscribe

    A suspect stole a baby alligator from a mini golf park on Thursday and was torturing it by hitting the reptile on the ground. The man told the police that he was “teaching it a lesson.”

    Police in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, detained a man who stole an alligator, physically abused it and tried to throw it on the roof of a building, according to a statement from Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety.

    The offender, William Hodge, 32, was spotted by law enforcement officers late at night carrying the alligator. The man was arrested after he tried to throw the reptile onto the roof of his home, a structure that also reportedly served as a bar, and then “slammed it on the ground by its tail.”

    “Hodge was charged with five offenses, including the felonies of Animal Cruelty, Possession/Injury of an Alligator, and Burglary,” the statement reads.

    The assaulted animal was returned to the Congo River Golf, where it belongs.

    Related:

    Unwanted Spectator: Huge Alligator Interrupts Toronto FC Training Session - Video
    Brave Cyclist Faces Alligator
    Howdy, Neighbours! Scary Alligator Waits Outside the Door
    Tags:
    golf, police, Florida, alligator
    Community standardsDiscussion