Volusia County man arrested for keeping alligator in bathtub, cops say

Police say man's mother called authorities after he refused to remove gator

Published On: Aug 19 2013 04:38:19 PM EDT
gator in tub
DELTONA, Fla. -

A Deltona man has been arrested on charges of alligator poaching on Monday morning after deputies say his mother called the cops on him because he wouldn't remove the alligator from his bathtub.

Sean Lewis, 45, told deputies his female friend dropped off the alligator at his home on Gloria Drive several days earlier and was supposed to come back to get it, but never came back.

According to the report, Lewis' mother told him to move the alligator from the home several times, but Lewis said he would after a few days. When he wouldn't remove the alligator, his mother called Volusia County deputies, who removed the alligator from the home.

The alligator was found in the tub, partially filled with water and with a cinder block in the middle to provide a piece of dry land. A light was positioned on the alligator to provide artificial sunlight, deputies said.

Lewis was found to be in possession of the alligator and was taken to Volusia County jail.