By Angela Rozier
VERO BEACH, Fla. (WPBF/CNN) - The big surprise isn't that an alligator made its way into a Florida neighborhood. The big shocker is where the gator decided to make its home; a backyard hot tub.
It was news to residents in an Indian River County neighborhood.
"I've lived in areas before where alligators were around, and I know they could eat small animals," said neighbor Elizabeth Drouin.
To hear that an alligator was in a hot tub just yards away from their homes and pets was just a little unsettling.
Deputies with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit were serving an arrest warrant Tuesday at a home in the 6000 of 4th Street when they found an alligator in this hot tub which was located in the back yard.
"Now, we've seen alligators in swimming pools. We've seen them on driveways, in drainage ditches and ponds near houses. I believe this is probably the first time we've ever actually seen a gator in a hot tub," said Thomas Raulen with the sheriff's office.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Tony Wells Jr. told detectives the alligator was there when he moved in and he was just feeding the it.
Deputies contacted Florida Fish and Wildlife Officials to remove the gator. Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers charged well with possession of an alligator. He was taken in to custody.