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Pa. alligator abused in break-in dies in Wis.

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EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- One of two alligators injured in a break-in at a northeastern Pennsylvania home last summer has died while recovering from its injuries.

Owner John Boyko says the alligator died Tuesday at a Wisconsin animal hospital while recovering from a surgery performed to remove rocks from its stomach.

That alligator and another were injured in June when children broke into a home and threw rocks at the animals. Five children ages 9 to 13 face juvenile charges in the case.

Boyko tells the Stroudsburg Pocono Record (http://bit.ly/wtY7Fg) the surviving alligator had surgery to repair a broken leg.

Eleven gators were in the Monroe County home at the time of the break-in.

Boyko moved his collection to Pennsylvania following a court battle with officials in Connecticut.

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Information from: Pocono Record, http://www.poconorecord.com/

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