Woman Guilty of Animal Abuse for Pulling Alligator Out of Her Pants During Traffic Stop


A Florida woman pleaded guilty to animal abuse charges after pulling an alligator out of her yoga pants during a routine traffic stop, according to court records.

Ariel Machan-Le Quire, 25, pleaded guilty to illegally possessing wild animals and was sentenced to probation, Fox News reported.

Machan-Le Quire was found as a passenger in a car driven by one Michael Clemons who was pulled over for blowing through a stop sign in Punta Gorda, Florida, on May 6. The pair told the officer that they were out in the wilds collecting frogs and snakes.

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The driver gave the Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputy permission to search the vehicle and the officer found a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” backpack with 41 3-stripe turtles inside.

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The officer then asked if there were any more animals inside the car.

That is when Machan-Le Quire reportedly pulled a one-foot-long American alligator out of her yoga pants.

According to the Miami Herald it is illegal to possess an alligator, not to mention more than one 3-stripe turtle or turtle egg at a time.

The woman was then charged with “possessing an American alligator, possessing more than one turtle per day, transporting more than one turtle or turtle eggs and one count of possessing a softshell turtle,” the paper said.

Florida residents need a state permit to own an American alligator. The reptile is protected under state law.

In court last week, Machan-Le Quire was found guilty on all counts before her and she was sentenced to two-year’s probation.

Machan-Le Quire will also have to complete 200 hours of community service and make a $500 donation to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Fund.

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