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Lizard killed by police after it attacks chickens in Ledyard

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The following photo of monitor lizard was provided by the Ledyard Police Department. The following photo of monitor lizard was provided by the Ledyard Police Department.
LEDYARD, CT (WFSB) -

An officer was forced to shoot and kill a lizard that was attacking chickens in Ledyard Sunday afternoon.

Police were called to Shewville Road around 3:30 p.m. after a resident reported seeing what she thought was an "alligator" in a chicken coop.

Inside the coop, the animal control officer along with other police officers found a monitor lizard hurting chickens.

"Due to the further risk to live stock, domestic animals, and human life, Ledyard Police Officers were forced to use a firearm to mitigate the threat," police said in a statement Monday.

Police said this is not the first time that there were reports of a monitor lizard. There have been "consistent sightings" of the animal in the eastern part of town, police said.

Residents cannot own monitor lizards in Connecticut. The reptile is "extremely dangerous" and people should not have them as pets, according to police.

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