Gator taken from Ohio home, video showed taunts

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities near Dayton, Ohio, say charges may be filed against a man who was keeping a 7-foot alligator in his basement.

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton removed the reptile from the man’s Huber Heights home on Sunday after getting a tip about mistreatment.

Animal cruelty charges could be filed against the owner and others who appeared in a Facebook video that showed them taunting the animal by pouring beer on its head, causing him to jerk back violently. The owner’s name hasn’t been released.

Officials say the alligator was not being kept in proper conditions and was not on a proper diet. Its growth is stunted for its age, and it is showing other signs of deteriorating health.

The alligator will be moved to a refuge in Florida.

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