LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - A Kansas sheriff had to ask a strange question on Wednesday. He wanted to know who dumped a small alligator in a nearby lake.
The 3-foot-long gator is now staying at Monkey Island in Lee's Summit, Mo., after a group of fishermen spotted it Saturday at Atchison County Lake.
They alerted the lake's caretaker who called out the sheriff. At one point, authorities say the caretaker got scared and shot the animal.
Eventually, the group caught the alligator using some nets and a dog kennel.
Staff at Monkey Island say this gator probably got too big for its owner to handle.
"They think by letting it go is better than giving it up to somebody. It's a death sentence for the animal because in this part of the country, it's going to freeze to death at the end of the year one way or another," Dana Savorelli, Monkey Island's owner, said.
If found, the owner of the gator could face animal cruelty charges.