Ursula the Iguana: From Villain to Hero

An unlikely hero in Newburgh when a pet iguana decided to take a bite out of crime Tuesday night.

In any good fairy tale you have to slay the dragon, but what do you do if that dragon bites back?

Thats what happened at Groomingdale's Pet Spa in Newburgh Tuesday night when a burglar was more than scared off by something a little different than a guard dog, as the villain, Ursula, doubling as a cranky 12-year-old iguana, becomes the hero.

Angie Stanley,owner of Groomingdale's Pet Spa said of her "she's a pretty aggressive iguana, we don't handle her much, we let her do her thing and we do our thing and kind of wave at each other in between."

The dragon slayed the burglar, but in this case the intruder had a lot more to lose.

Stanley's daughter finding what was lost, a pool of blood, at the bottom of Ursula's cage Wednesday morning.

Stanley said she found herself thanking her less than friendly pet turned now knight in “scaley” armor.

Stanley said,"she definitely saved the day because if they were here and didn't get hurt there's no telling what they would've done to the shop, so she is definitely my hero for the day."

Like most fairy tales this one comes with a happy ending, kind of.

“I think its kind of interesting, what would you call it, karma, that person got what they deserved," Warrick County Sheriff Brett Kruse said,"if anyone has any information on someone with an unexplained dragon bite, give us their information, we'd love to talk with them."

Kruse says there are currently no suspects in the case, but reminds whoever the intruder was that some things, like infection, common with iguana bites, are worse than being caught.

(This post was originally published on May 25, 2017)

 


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