LPD: Crocodile found was likely a pet

Published 9:00 am Wednesday, June 2, 2021

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The LaGrange Police Department, animal control and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources responded to a call on Thursday about a crocodile found on a creek near Merrybrook Drive in LaGrange.

In a video taken of the incident by Debbie Ford, an officer can be heard saying that the crocodile is “at least five feet” long and that it was apparently dead. 

Captain Mike Pheil with the LaGrange Police Department said the crocodile was most likely a former pet that had been dumped upstream.

“[DNR] didn’t seem to think it was natural migration and that what happened was it probably got too big and someone just threw it out,” Pheil said.

LPD and animal control were first on scene, Pheil said.  Officers with DNR said in the video that,had the crocodile been alive, they would have tagged it and put it back in the water at a different location.