KEY WEST, Fla. – An inmate at a Florida Keys jail fed iguanas, including one considered a pet, to an alligator at a small zoo run by the jail, deputies said.
Jason Gibson, an inmate at the Stock Island jail, is facing a charge of animal cruelty. He was already being held on a vehicle theft charge.
Another inmate told deputies he was feeding a sloth Sunday when he heard a thump and saw Gibson tossing an iguana named Mojo into the alligator pen. The 6-foot-long alligator chomped down on Mojo and dragged him off.
According to a Monroe County Sheriff's Office report, Gibson confessed that he "fed the alligator a wild iguana," claiming the iguanas were nuisances that terrorize other animals in the enclosures. Gibson told deputies he didn't know the iguana was a pet.
Gibson also claimed to have fed another iguana to the alligator "once before."
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Children's Animal Farm houses about 150 confiscated or abandoned animals.