A large section of Chicago's Humboldt Park has been closed off since Sunday night, while animal experts looked for the gator.
"The two of us are tugging. Alligator is going one way. I'm going the other," said Buddy Ackerman, who freed his daughter's dog, Osi, from the sharp-toothed reptile.
The wild alligator has cause a meme frenzy, while Chicago authorities have not yet been able to catch it.
The managers faced a major backlash on social media.
Deputies from the Hardee County Sheriff's Office pulled over suspect Anthony Richardson for a traffic stop. They found he was carrying illegal drugs—and that was not all.
The massive reptile was euthanized shortly after it was trapped near a highway exit.
"I want to get help for this alligator, I don't want to see an alligator swimming around with a knife in his head," local resident Erin Weaver told ABC13.
The gator was reported by a member of the public, who called officials about a "weird animal."
"I thought she was more or less joking around," one witness said.
Alligators perform the death roll to incapacitate attackers or as a defense mechanism.
In video footage, the alligator was seen violently spinning—a movement typically used to dismember prey.
The juvenile alligator was sent to a local zoo. The suspects were sent to a local prison.
Almost all animals of the 162 classified as threatened were in danger because of humans hunting the creatures for food or body parts.
The kidnapper ordered Chinese food during the kidnapping.
The man was reportedly attacked after approaching the side of a pond to scare away a bird.
Officials said Sean Casey will be able to retrieve his pythons and rabbit but not his alligator.
Judy Cochran is also mayor of a Texan town.
The eight-foot animal was wandering around a neighborhood in Florida.
Alligator season is in full swing in Florida, as the mother of a young boy discovered.
The 2-year-old dog was swimming when the huge gator took hold of her leg and dragged her down.
The tourists could face fines of $200 per carrot thrown.
In one photo, the alligator "seems to have the upper hand."