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Pinellas deputies rescue alligator trapped in storm drain

Officials say the alligator pulled from the drain in Seminole will be sent to an alligator farm.
Officials say the alligator pulled from the drain in Seminole will be sent to an alligator farm.
Stuck in a storm drain, 7-footer needed a hand

SEMINOLE -- Using duct tape and a dog leash, three Pinellas County sheriff's deputies rescued a 7-foot alligator from a storm drain in Seminole.

Three deputies responded to the area of 117th Drive North and 101st Street in Seminole at about 5 p.m. Sunday after a resident called to report an alligator was stuck in the storm drain.

The resident said the alligator was trying to climb out of the storm drain when someone who was trying to keep it from getting hit by a vehicle pushed it further down the drain.

Deputies Meagan Nestor, Damon Laney and Cory List opened the manhole cover and found the alligator inside, wedged between a pipe and the edge of the drain.

The deputies used a dog leash to close the alligator's mouth, then duct-taped it closed. Then the deputies lassoed the alligator behind its front legs and hoisted it up and out of the drain.

Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded and took possession of the alligator, which will be taken to an alligator farm.

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