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Flight of the iguana lands owner in court

Flight of the iguana lands owner in court
By Stewart Payne
(Filed: 26/02/2002)

A WOMAN who was asked to leave a pub because her pet iguana was upsetting customers hurled the three-foot lizard at a doorman, a court was told yesterday.

Susan Wallace, who had the animal draped around her shoulders as she drank at the bar, later attacked a police officer with the reptile when he tried to arrest her. The constable was left with the lizard clinging to his neck as he radioed for help.

Wallace, 47, a former airline stewardess, then snatched the animal, called Igwig, and threw it at a second officer.

"It flew past me and hit a door at chest height and fell to the floor," said Pc Richard Van Arendonk. "Then she came and picked it up. I said, 'This isn't on' but she then threw it again. This time Iggy hit a metal filing cabinet, dropped on to a wooden table and slid on to the floor."

The two officers then grappled with Wallace and pushed her on to a chair before handcuffing her.

Yesterday both Wallace and the iguana ended up at Isle of Wight magistrates court. Wallace, from Seaview, Isle of Wight, pleaded not guilty to causing the animal unnecessary suffering and to assault.

Igwig, a green tree lizard originally from South America, sat in a glass tank chewing on leaves throughout the day-long case.

The court was told that the disturbance began when Wallace began upsetting customers at the Anchor Inn in Cowes by placing the lizard on their heads.

John Rosenthal, a doorman, said: "I saw this woman drinking a half-pint of lager with the creature on her shoulder. Customers were obviously feeling uneasy and I asked the woman to leave.

"All of a sudden she threw the lizard and it hit me on the side of the head. Then she tried to take a kick at me. I closed the door and then she lashed out and smashed one of the windows."

Mr Rosenthal phoned the police but Wallace turned up at Cowes police station and began banging on the door. Pc David Harry said: "As she came inside I realised there was an iguana hanging round her neck.

"I became concerned for its welfare. As I radioed for a colleague she threw the iguana at me and it stuck to my back. I was concerned because I did not know if it was about to bite me or scratch me."

Wallace told magistrates that she had not intentionally thrown the reptile at anyone. "The iguana probably jumped in defence of me - he's done that before," she said.

She admitted criminal damage and was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering and assaulting Mr Rosenthal. She was bailed until April 2, when she will be sentenced.

She was allowed to keep the lizard, which had been in the custody of the RSPCA since the incident last December.

After being convicted she took Igwig from the tank and left court with it perched on her shoulder. "I am very, very happy to have my Igwig back," she said. "I won't be taking him to the pub again."

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-27-2002, 12:19 AM
 
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What a sad story. Iguanas can be afectionate creatures and should not be used as defense weapons. This woman should not be allowed to take the lizard back into custody. That is abuse. Poor Igwig. Is there any chance of a rescue?
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-05-2002, 12:57 AM
 
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So she got the iguana back!?!?! Unbelievable!
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