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12-foot gator tied to tree behind apartment complex

12-foot gator tied to tree behind apartment complex

PHOTO COURTESY OF PHIL WALTERS

TAMPA, FL (TBO.com) — The Hillsborough River has always had its share of alligators, including large ones that leisurely swim by densely populated neighborhoods.

What it hasn't had before, as far as anyone can tell, is a nearly 12-foot alligator that someone tied a leash onto and tethered to a tree like a junk yard dog.

Phil Walters, the licensed trapper called out Wednesday, said some residents told law enforcement that unidentified people “had caught it and was feeding it cats,” keeping it as a backyard pet of sorts.

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