SAVANNAH, GA (November 9, 2015): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Animal Control Division captured and released “Ally” the Alligator back into the wild on Saturday after she was found wandering in a downtown Savannah lane.

SCMPD Animal Control and patrol officers responded to the 200 block of River Street after reports of an alligator near the doorway of a business.

Animal Control Officer Daryl Thompson, along with several Metro police officers, successfully apprehended Ally. Ally was safely released into the Moon River.

“I am just glad I am able to do my part in keeping the community and keeping animals like Ally safe,” says ACO Thompson. Bystanders named the gator “Ally” due to where it was located.

Animal Control urges citizens to contact them directly for matters pertaining to domestic animals and reptiles under four feet. For larger animals, citizens should contact the Department of Natural Resources.

ACO Thompson will be available at SCMPD Headquarters to discuss Ally at 3 p.m.

The Department of Natural Resources can be reached at 1-800-241-4113 and SCMPD Animal Control can be reached at 912-525-2408.