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Police Capture Freely Roaming Alligator in Fruitland

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FRUITLAND, Md.- You don't see alligators every day on Delmarva. But Paige Dorsey snapped photos of one crossing Camden Avenue in Fruitland on Labor Day.

"I couldn't believe it," said Dorsey. "That's not something you see on the Eastern Shore!"

Dorsey said she called police, who also seemed in disbelief. She returned to the scene of the sighting Wednesday and alerted neighbors as well as the owners of Bennett Construction about the alligator on the loose.

Janet Bennett noticed the alligator resting in their retention pond. Police were called to the scene.

"We got a lot of employees here at this processing facility and we got a couple animals here also," said Janet's husband, Dave Bennett. "So, we're just trying to watch out."

Hours later, Fruitland Police Chief Michael Phillips was able to grab hold of the alligator with a stick and pulled the gator in. Then, Department of Natural Resources assisted with securing and tying the reptile.

"We're just glad because it was pretty evasive for us," Phillips said. "We just got lucky and a chance to get it to be on my side."

No officers or animals were hurt in the incident.

"It was wonderful that we did (capture the alligator) and didn't have to put it down," said Janet Bennett.

An animal control officer tells WBOC an effort will be made to find a home for the gator. One theory is that it was someone's pet that either got loose or was let go.

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