NEW BEDFORD (CBS) – A 4-foot alligator was found abandoned in a New Bedford apartment on Tuesday.

According to WPRI-TV, Animal Control officers discovered the cayman alligator and a pit bull roaming the apartment on the second floor of a building on Ashley Street around 8:30 a.m.

The pit bull had no water, while the 25-pound gator had a cut under one of its legs.

new bedford alligator 4 Foot Alligator, Pit Bull Found Abandoned In New Bedford

(Photo courtesy: WPRI-TV)

The former tenant, Richard Fumo, will be charged with animal cruelty and animal abandonment.

Because it is illegal in Massachusetts to have an alligator in a home, state environmental police are also investigating, according to

New Bedford Animal Control now has custody of the alligator.


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