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Injured Iguana In Protective Custody After Being Thrown At Restaurant Manager

Copper, an iguana, was allegedly used as a weapon during a bizarre attack at a restaurant in Ohio.

According to authorities, Arnold Teeter, 49, walked into Perkins Restaurant in Painesville on April 16 and lay down in a booth, throwing a menu at a waitress just moments later.

Teeter is accused of pulling out a 60-centimetre lizard from under his shirt, swinging it over his head and pelting it at the restaurant manager who arrived to intervene.

It's not known what sparked the altercation but the whole thing was captured on CCTV. 

Arnold Teeter is the accused iguana thrower. IMAGE: Painesville Police Department via Facebook

The incident left Copper with a fractured leg and a severed tail, with the vet bill expected to hit US$1,600.

The issue is, Copper can't undergo the surgery she requires because she was taken into protective custody and the case is being handled by local police.

The Painesville Police Department handed over the animal to the Lake Humane Society, but it's up to the courts to grant approval for treatment because the group isn't technically the animal's owner.

Copper was allegedly swung around her owners head and pelted at a restaurant manager in Ohio, April 2019. IMAGE: Painesville Police Department via Facebook

"Once we receive approval from the courts, we will get Copper the care she needs," Lake Humane Society said in a statement.

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Teeter allegedly ran from the scene and was spotted a short time later jumping into traffic.

He was arrested after a struggle with officers, and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and cruelty to animals.