Dayton police and U.S. marshals called for backup from animal control when they found two alligators instead of the suspected probation violator they were after.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Joshua Hillard said the authorities went to a home Monday morning with an arrest warrant for a man accused of violating his probation in a drug trafficking case. Hillard said people in the house said the suspect wasn't home but invited the officers in.

That's when they found the gators, one about 2 feet long and another about 5 feet. Animal control was summoned, and an exotic animal expert arrived to snatch up the reptiles.

Hillard said the man was braver than he is.

He said authorities also confiscated cocaine tablets, marijuana and a pair of guns. No arrests were made.