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July 4, 2013

Woman bitten by alligator

Animal is being kept as a pet.

A Kokomo woman was treated this past weekend for an alligator bite.

Reports of alligator bites are more common in places like Florida and the Gulf Coast states.

Maj. Brian Seldon with the Kokomo Police Department said Wednesday that officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of East Dodge Street at 5:06 a.m. Saturday for the report of a woman being hit by a car.

Seldon said when officers arrived they learned the woman had her foot run over and had been taken to the hospital.

Kelly Lowery, 25, was a visitor to the residence on East Dodge Street and while at the hospital was treated for a laceration to her right hand. She did not sustain an injury to her foot, Seldon said.

Seldon said the alligator is a pet and was in a cage. He said Lowery was feeding the animal when she suffered the bite.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is working with KPD to determine the size of the alligator.

Seldon said if the alligator is longer than 5 feet, a permit is required. He said if the alligator was purchased legally and is less than 5 feet in length, no permit is required.

Lowery could not be reached for comment.

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