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Owner of escaped alligator facing neglect, cruelty counts

July 03, 2019 05:52 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The owner of an alligator that escaped from a Pittsburgh home last month is facing charges stemming from the discovery of numerous animals at the residence.

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Police filed 33 counts of neglect against Mark McGowan on Tuesday, along with single counts of animal cruelty and recklessly endangering another person.

Authorities started investigating McGowan after "Chomp," a 5-foot (1.52-meter)-long alligator, was found along a city street June 6.

A few days later, they removed 32 animals — many of them exotic — from the home where they allegedly were living in substandard conditions. Among them were three more alligators, including one with a neck injury; three snakes, including Burmese pythons, a lizard and some iguanas.

Multiple dead animals were also discovered.

It's not known if McGowan has retained an attorney.

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