(OCALA.com) — A foot-long alligator that looked “beat up” and “dehydrated” on the side of the road landed in a man’s bathtub to be nursed back to health. But the efforts of good Samaritan Alexander Springer landed him in jail and charged with a second-degree misdemeanor.

Deputy Jorge Velez with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office went to a home in the 500 block of Northwest 155th Street in Citra late Thursday in response to a domestic call. While at the home, Velez determined there had not been any act of domestic violence, he noted in his report.

However, a woman there led him to a bathtub, where the deputy saw the baby alligator swimming in water into which branches and tree limbs had been placed.

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