For the past nine years, a grinning wooden alligator greeted staff, pet owners and their animals at the door of the All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in Rapid City.
But when staff arrived Friday morning, they found it smashed and scattered across the entrance of the business off Jackson Boulevard.
"Everybody knows it and remembers it," Dr. Dean Falcon said. It's "kind of shocking."
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Falcon, owner of the vet clinic, said surveillance video captured a young man trying to enter the office around 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 30. The man then threw entrance mats around, broke the sculpture "into a thousand pieces" and threw them at the window. He then stayed for around an hour "just stumbling around" while on his phone.
Falcon and his staff watched the video to see if they recognized the man, but no one did. He reported the incident to police and is offering a cash reward to anyone who helps identify the suspect.
Dahl's Chainsaw Art gave Falcon the sculpture in 2009 to mark the opening of his new business. The alligator sat flashing his teeth along a wooden stump that read "Welcome All Creatures Vet Hospital" and also became the company's Facebook and website logo. Falcon said he's commissioning another alligator sculpture from the local business.