Owner Of Chomp The Alligator Headed To Trial

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The owner of Chomp, the alligator who escaped in Beechview last month has agreed to wave animal cruelty and neglect charges to court. 

Mark McGowan’s attorney Komron Jon Maknoon waived the charges to court because he wants to see police video and pictures the day his client was arrested.

“I learned there were three body cameras that had audio and video there were also pictures taken by law enforcement and the expert from the zoo,” said Maknoon.

He wants to see that evidence to argue if McGowan met the legal standard for a reptile dealer.

The 5 and half foot alligator escaped June 6 and was captured.

Police say they found numerous animals including other alligators, a python, rattlesnake and other reptiles living in sub-standard conditions in McGowan’s home.

Chomp was sent to New Jersey and eventually Florida.

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