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UPDATE: Search of Home Where Alligator Was Found Uncovers Raccoon
Huber Heights -- Huber Heights Police, the Greater Dayton Humane Society and State Wildlife officials searched a home this morning where a 7-foot alligator was found over the weekend.
They were looking for other exotic animals, but discovered a raccoon.
"It is strange to have a raccoon, it's not something that we encourage. It is not legal to take a raccoon from the wild," said Trent Weaver, from the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
Animal control officers removed the raccoon and cited the homeowner, David Keefers, because he didn't have a permit for it. They found other non-exotic animals living there, but all were in good shape.
"He had an African Gray, which was in good health he had a ferret, also in good health, he had a couple big coy fish, the tank was clean and he also had two to three snakes," said Sheila Marquis, an agent with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.
Much different from an alligator found there on Sunday. Cruelty investigators say the animal was malnourished, had several missing teeth and suffered from bone disease from not being in the sun and living in a kiddie pool in the basement of Keefer's home for 15 years.
We obtained video that tipped off investigators about the mistreatment. It shows two other guys taunting the gator by pouring beer on it.
Our reporter Annette Peagler tried contacting Keefer but he did not want to comment.
Neighbors say he wasn't aware his pet was being taunted.
"He didnt' see any of it go down, any of it, he didn't even know about the videos until the cops came last week," said Jerri McBride, a neighbor of Keefers.
Officials with the Humane Society are thankful they are now recovering these wild animals because no matter what the situation is, officials stress they don't belong in a home.
The investigation into the alligator is still ongoing. Ultimately, the Ohio Department of Agriculture will decide if they'll forward the case to prosecutors for charges.
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