Pinellas County man arrested for beating alligator with shovel

Sometimes you gotta make your own fun.

click to enlarge Witnesses saw the man beating the animal. - Photo by Jackson Jost on Unsplash
Photo by Jackson Jost on Unsplash
Witnesses saw the man beating the animal.

A 65-year-old Pinellas County man was charged with animal cruelty after witnesses reported seeing him beating a 3-foot alligator after baiting it out of a local pond.

When questioned by authorities, the man admitted using fishing line and raw chicken to draw the gator out of the water and subsequently beating the animal. Witnesses say the the gator survived, and was seen swimming away.

The man said he was trying to do a public service and protect the neighborhood by abusing an animal about the size and weight of your average fully grown standard dachshund. Thanks, Florida Man. We'll all sleep safer tonight.

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