HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) - The real shock of finding one alligator might not be that it was discovered in a Huber Heights home, but that Humane Society officials aren't that surprised by it.
"It happens more often then we'd like to see it happen," says President of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, Brian Weltge.
The gator was taken to Columbus Monday where it will stay until it's healthy enough to go to a sanctuary in Florida.
Investigators are looking into charges against the owner of the 7 ft., 150 pound alligator named "Right Boot".
But some think its that owner who should get a swift kick.
Dr. Daniel Brauer at Dayton South Veterinary clinic says the gator has injured teeth and stunted growth.
"Teeth that are loose which that is very abnormal and you can see some injury," Dr. Brauer says. "A lot of wear and tear."
But aside from any injuries to the gator are the health risks it posed to others.
"Dangerous exotic animals are not pets," Weltge says.
That's why Ohio passed a law banning exotic animals that are not registered with the state.
Owners have until the end of the year to register them.
2 NEWS asked Weltge if he thinks the law will prevent cases like this one.
"I think it's a warning call for people to know however they're getting these animals they're not pets," Weltge says. "These are not pets you would take on walk like you would a dog."
But as long as there's a market for animals like alligators, this likely won't be the last discovery.
"There's an access issue where people are getting access to animals like this," Weltge says.
The alligator was discovered because of a tip from someone.
If you think someone may have any animal that's not being cared for, call the Humane Society at 268-PETS.
Waynesville first responders are at the scene where a vehicle slammed into a house.
Firefighters evacuated the Northmont High School auditorium Wednesday night after smoke filled the auditorium.
A Winter Storm Watch will take effect late Thursday night through late Friday night for most of the area.
Six people were taken to the hospital Wednesday evening following a rollover crash in Huber Heights.
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