Cleveland SWAT rescues alligator on 'routine' call

Cleveland SWAT rescues alligator on 'routine' call
Crews found the home to be in poor condition. (Source: Cleveland Police)
Crews found the home to be in poor condition. (Source: Cleveland Police)
The alligator was safely captured with the use of a dog pole and some duct tape. (Source: Cleveland Police)
The alligator was safely captured with the use of a dog pole and some duct tape. (Source: Cleveland Police)
Police believe the animal will be better taken care of now that it's been removed from the home. (Source: Cleveland Police)
Police believe the animal will be better taken care of now that it's been removed from the home. (Source: Cleveland Police)
The alligator is with Animal Control and has a tiny pool. (Source: Cleveland Police)
The alligator is with Animal Control and has a tiny pool. (Source: Cleveland Police)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - While responding to a domestic incident on Thursday, Cleveland Police came across a reptile that's not too common in northeast Ohio.

Crews were called to the 7700 block of Cornelia Avenue around 11:30 a.m. Upon arrival, police learned the suspect had barricaded himself inside of the home and possibly had weapons, along with an alligator. The SWAT unit was notified and responded. 

Police say the suspect was arrested without incident on a domestic violence warrant, as well as new domestic violence charges. Although the animal was not used as a weapon against the officers, police say Calvin Hood was also charged with unlawful possession of exotic animals.

The alligator was safely captured with the use of a dog pole and some duct tape to ensure no one would be bitten. No officers were injured in the rescue.

The alligator is now in the custody of Animal Control, where he was provided a tiny pool.

Police believe the animal will be better taken care of now, since the house was in poor condition and unsanitary.

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