Eastpointe Animal Control Officer Brian Pylar, right, impounded two adolescent alligators being kept at a local business July 9. He delivered them to the Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary in Athens, Michigan, where the creatures could have a proper home.

Eastpointe Animal Control Officer Brian Pylar, right, impounded two adolescent alligators being kept at a local business July 9. He delivered them to the Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary in Athens, Michigan, where the creatures could have a proper home.

Photo provided by the Eastpointe Police Department


Eastpointe police seize 2 alligators from local business

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 12, 2019

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EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Police Department took a bite out of crime July 9 with the seizure of two alligators from a local business.

The two animals were being kept as pets by the owner of Rodney’s Barber Kings on Gratiot Avenue until the exotic animals were reported to the police by a patron of the business. Eastpointe Animal Control Officer Brian Pylar responded.

“I received a phone call from a state representative from the Michigan Humane Society after a client of a business in Eastpointe reported seeing an alligator there in not the best of care — with dirty water and so forth,” Pylar explained. “I went into the business and spoke to the owner, he showed me the alligator, and I explained to him they are not allowed to own it as a pet like this. He then took me in the back of the store and showed me he had a second as well. I asked him what he was going to do with them when they were 4 feet long, and he quickly came around.”

Pylar said the business owner cooperated completely.

“After talking, the business owner totally agreed taking them was for the best, and we are able to take the animals so they can be taken to a zoo or animal sanctuary,” he said. “Ordinances like this are set in place for a reason, because some locations are just not the right places for an animal like an alligator.”

Pylar said that he was able to secure a new and proper home for the two reptiles where they can be safe and properly cared for.

“I reached out to the Detroit Zoo, and they directed me to the Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary in Athens, Michigan,” Pylar said. “I transported them there yesterday (July 9) myself. It was only about a two-hour drive, and they are doing very well there now.”

Pylar said there was no immediate danger from the animals, but alligators can be a threat under certain circumstances. These two were only adolescents, but could get much more dangerous, and much bigger, once they reached adulthood, he said.

“They can be aggressive, but not as aggressive as crocodiles. These animals were still very small and not really much of a threat to anyone. It was more an issue at this point about the welfare of the animals, but they are still animals that could still harm a child or take a finger or something in the wrong circumstances,” he said.

Deputy Chief Eric Keiser agreed and said the department was glad that the situation was resolved quickly and without any problems or injuries for either human or alligator.

“You have to be careful with exotic pets. There’s a lot prohibited by ordinance in Eastpointe. We want to make sure all animals are properly taken care of and cared for. The humane society received the tip from someone who was concerned about the conditions in which they were kept.”

The incident was one of the more colorful cases Pylar said he’s gotten to work on since becoming the Eastpointe animal control officer. He said it worked out for the best for everyone in the end, but he stressed that keeping exotic animals in environments where they should not be can be dangerous to the pet owner and dangerous for the pet.

“Animals like this require so much care, and it’s one of those situations where you have to recognize some animals are not meant to be kept in confinement,” he said. “Animals like this are unique and cool, but before taking one as a pet, you need to think about the animal’s needs and what you’re going to do when they get bigger.”

A message was left with Rodney’s Barber Kings seeking comment.

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