PITTSBURGH (AP/KDKA) – A police department near Pittsburgh has issued an alligator alert.

Indiana Township police issued the be-on-the-lookout alert for the gator on Friday. Sgt. Tim Michael says it was spotted twice this month in the Rural Ridge neighborhood, most recently on Tuesday in a resident’s back yard. The township is about 10 miles outside of downtown Pittsburgh.

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Michael says the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium has offered to take the alligator, but police have to catch it first. Police aren’t sure of its size, but one estimate was three feet.

Residents are being urged to call 911 if they see the creature.

A local couple in Washington County has stirred up some controversy among neighbors who don’t care for their pet alligator.

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The 5-foot alligator named Jackie lives in the couple’s backyard in warmer months — and in the basement, under heat lamps, in the winter.

Jackie lives in Smith Township. That’s about 1,000 yards from the Burgettstown Borough line. The borough has an ordinance against exotic pets. Smith Township is working on an ordinance, primarily for chickens and feral cats.

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