SANTA FE, N.M. - An alligator-like scaly reptile found roaming a Santa Fe neighborhood has been sent to a reserve in southern Colorado.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that city workers captured the malnourished 2-foot-long caiman a week ago after it was cornered by a dog.
Because its snout had started to grow around tape attached to its mouth, it appeared that it had been loose for some time.
The Sante Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society sent the caiman to Colorado Gators Reptile Park in Mosca, Colo.
A New Mexico Department of Game and Fish official says it's generally illegal to possess caimans and alligators in New Mexico.
A spokeswoman for Santa Fe police says the owner could be charged with animal cruelty if identified.