When you’re doing your job, you swear you’ve seen it all, but this was a first for the security guards at Citizens Bank Park.
A fan brought an alligator to a Phillies game
During Wednesday night’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates, a fan attempted to enter the stadium with his emotional support alligator.
Joe Henney of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. brought Wally, his emotional support alligator, to watch the game with him, but the two were denied access, according to USA Today.
The University of Massachusetts Medical School states that any domestic animal can be considered an ESA (e.g., cats, dogs, mice, rabbits, birds, hedgehogs, rats, mini-pigs , ferrets, etc.), but it makes no mention of an ESA alligator.
How did this guy get an emotional support alligator?
Henney adopted the 5-foot-long Wally in 2015. He said a friend rescued alligators in Florida and contacted him about a group of alligators in danger due to development. of the territory.
Henney offered to help and took Wally in. Within months, Wally was domesticated like a cat or a dog, Henney told the York Daily Record in 2019.
“He was like a little puppy. He followed us around the house.
The rule is that an ASE must be manageable in public and does not create a nuisance. This is where most people think Wally Gator should carefully step outside the line of rough concessions.
Wally Gator went to other baseball games
But Henney says Wally has appeared in minor league games in the past.
However, Citizen’s Bank Park has a slightly different standard when it comes to emotional support animals.
“Certified service dogs or service dogs in training for guests with special needs are welcome. All other animals are prohibited.”
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