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Published on Thursday, October 11, 2018

Lost lizard reunited with owner after golf course adventure

Tegu was stolen months ago from southeast side home

CONTACT: Lisa Norwood, 210.207.6665 


SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 11, 2018) – A giant tegu lizard dubbed Godzilla found this week at the Brackenridge golf course was apparently stolen from a Southeast side home in August. City staff initially thought the large lizard might be a plastic toy, but it turns out she’s actually a female tegu lizard named Dottie.  Her owner is a local Army veteran who wishes to remain anonymous. He lives nears Highland Hills High School and says Dottie was in her crate sunning in his backyard in late August when she was stolen. The apparent thief broke the cage lock and made off with her, breaking the fence in his getaway. Dottie’s human has been looking for her ever since and he was hopeful when a family member called after seeing yesterday’s media coverage of a large lizard’s discovery. Dottie immediately curled up on her owner’s chest while he told her story and showed off pictures. Animal Care Services reminds residents to always check the shelter kennels for lost pets. The shelter is located at 4710 State Highway 151 and the ACS website ( is also updated regularly with pets (including lizards) brought in as roaming animals. The kennels are open daily for residents searching for their lost pets. 

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