Phillies deny emotional support alligator from entering ballpark

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A Phillies fan and his emotional assist animal, an alligator named WallyGator, had been denied entrance to observe Philadelphia host Pittsburgh.

Social media posts confirmed the gator on a leash with a harness along with his identify on it exterior the stadium Wednesday.

WallyGator is a working emotional assist alligator owned by Joie Henney, of Jonestown, Pennsylvania. The reptile has an enormous presence on Instagram and TikTok.

Residents Financial institution Park’s coverage on assist animals is posted on the Phillies’ official web site. It states, “Information canine, service animals, or service animals in coaching are welcome. All different animals are prohibited.”

Henney spoke to The Philadelphia Inquirer final 12 months and mentioned WallyGator helps him battle despair and that “he likes to present hugs.” Henney mentioned then that the gator had by no means bitten anybody.