Arrowhead Reptile Rescue
began in 1991 and is operated by a network of foster
homes and rehabilitators throughout the Cincinnati area.
The rescue's mission is to help unwanted, sick, or
injured reptiles, and the group is also open to helping
amphibians. While the primary focus of the rescue is to
rehabilitate wildlife, they also assist with captive
reptiles who are in need of new homes.
"These guys get 12 feet long
and live 75 years," says Damien Oxier of Arrowhead
Reptile Rescue. It's possible a baby gator's previous
owner didn't want to gamble on that, and decided a flush
was better than a full house. "Flushed down the toilet
is a pretty good guess at this point," Oxier says. The
10 inch reptile was found in a rack that pulls debris
from raw waste water in Hamilton's Water Reclamation
plant on River Road.
A FEW OF THE
MANY OTHER NEWS STORIES FEATURING ARROWHEAD REPTILE
RESCUE AND DIRECTOR DAMIEN OXIER OVER THE YEARS
Reptiles Create Pet Peeves
Details emerge about woman who died from snake bite
12/23/06 Owner of python killed by pet snake
Grove City gator an easy capture
14-foot long, 130 pound python found in family's yard
9/28/11 The Ultimate Guide to Feathers and Scales
gator survives flushing
alligators found during Cincinnati pot bust
Ten: Arrowhead Reptile Rescue
Rescued alligator has new home
(FOX19) - Some call it the
wild west of Ohio.
According to some animal
advocates, the Buckeye state has some of the weakest
laws in the country when it comes to owning exotic
animals. The issue was thrust to the forefront of
lawmakers' minds last October after the incident in
Zanesville. Police said Terry Thompson set free all of
his wild animals just before he committed suicide.
Authorities confirm 48 of them, including endangered
Bengal tigers, were killed.