NEW LEBANON, N.Y. -- Volunteers on Saturday were still searching for a three-foot, gray-and-white scaled pet American alligator that escaped from a home on Cemetary Road on Thursday.
Owner Rhonda Leavitt said on Saturday afternoon that "every avenue possible" was being explored, even the use of a beagle and an alligator expert who drove an hour to New Lebanon to help in the search for Kobe, a 39-inch, 15-lb. alligator that got out of its cage.
"We're trying a beagle to see if he can sniff him out," said Leavitt, who runs a reptile sanctuary and showcases some reptiles in public..
Kobe has been missing since Thursday around 3 p.m. after Leavitt relocated the pet alligator to a different cage so she could clean its regular one. It slipped out through a sliver of space in between the wire door and the metal cage and hasn't been seen since.
Leavitt continues to be concerned the alligator could die being outside during the cold nights. The alligator typically sleeps in a body of water to protect it from cool temperatures.
The alligator specialist who drove to Leavitt's home told her know that baby alligators are unlikely to travel a significant distance. He, along with about two other volunteers, were assisting in the search on Saturday.
Authorities say the alligator might have found water to lounge in or a place to sun itself. Either way, the public is warned against approaching it.
Anyone who might have seen the alligator or wishes to volunteer in the search is being asked to call Leavitt at (413) 446-1059.