Alligator found in Comstock Park garage

Kent County Animal Control removing an alligator from a garage at York Creek Apartments in Comstock Park on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. (Jennifer DeHaan via Report It)
Kent County Animal Control removing an alligator from a garage at York Creek Apartments in Comstock Park on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. (Jennifer DeHaan via Report It)


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WOOD) — A gator in the garage will ruin anyone’s Saturday, but that is just what happened at the York Creek Apartments this afternoon.

Jennifer DeHaan was home with her three kids — ages 6, 4 and younger than a year — when she saw police gathered in the parking lot of the sprawling Comstock Park complex.

“Nothing new to see here at York Creek,” DeHaan said.

DeHaan said after more than an hour of waiting, Kent County Animal Control showed up and they entered this garage.

“I figured they were just going to go inside and pull out a pit bull,” DeHaan said but that’s not what happened. “Out pops an alligator — and you just see it thrashing around and that’s just not what you see very often.”

The gator was about four feet long, according to an Animal Control spokesperson who said it was not a full grown alligator. The officials secured the gator and taped its jaws together before moving it to the Kent County Animal Shelter.

No one was injured in the incident and the animal shelter is looking to place the reptile somewhere else, perhaps the John Ball Park Zoo.

“So now we have to fear that alligators in our garage,” DeHaan joked.

Officials are not saying who the gator belonged to at this point but they were talking to people at the building that corresponds with the garage. They say the garage where it was found was not the garage of the owner.

“I’d like to know who put it in there, that’s who you need to be talking to,” DeHaan said.

Neighbors in the building that uses the garages where the alligator was found said they saw a man carrying an alligator from the building to a car.

24 Hour News 8 rang the buzzer for the apartments that matched the garage and were told that no one wanted to talk. The person also denied it was their alligator.

It’s against the law to have a hazardous exotic pet in Kent County, a violation is punishable by as much as 90 days in jail and a $200 fine. But employees at the shelter say this is at least the third alligator they remember encountering here.

The Kent County Animal Control spokesperson said the alligator is eating mice, is in good health and appears to be doing well.

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