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Ailing alligator kept illegally in NY home's swimming pool is seized by authorities

  
Via:  Buzz of the Orient  •  4 months ago  •  3 comments

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Ailing alligator kept illegally in NY home's swimming pool is seized by authorities
 

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Ailing alligator kept illegally in NY home's swimming pool is seized by authorities

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In this photo provided by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, DEC officers secure an 11-foot (3.4-meter) alligator for transport after it was seized from a home where it was being kept illegally in Hamburg, N.Y., on Wednesday, March 13, 2024. The home’s owner had built an addition and installed an in-ground swimming pool for the 30-year-old alligator, which has blindness in both eyes and spinal complications, among other health issues. ()

An ailing alligator was seized from an upstate New York home where it was being kept illegally, state officials said.

Environmental conservation police officers seized the 750-pound, 11-foot-long alligator on Wednesday from a home in Hamburg, south of Buffalo.

The home's owner built an addition and installed an in-ground swimming pool for the 30-year-old alligator and allowed people, including children, to get into the water with the reptile, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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In this photo provided by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, DEC officers secure an 11-foot alligator for transport after it was seized from a home where it was being kept illegally in Hamburg, N.Y., on Wednesday, March 13, 2024. The home's owner had built an addition and installed an in-ground swimming pool for the 30-year-old alligator, which has blindness in both eyes and spinal complications, among other health issues.

The alligator has “blindness in both eyes” and spinal complications, among other health issues. The reptile was sent to a licensed caretaker until a place is found where it can receive permanent care, according to a release from the agency.

The owner's state license to keep the alligator expired in 2021. The state determined at that time the alligator’s holding area failed to meet safety standards. Officers took action this week after learning the “extent at which the owner was seriously endangering the public,” according to a statement from the agency.

State environmental officials haven't decided whether to bring charges.


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Buzz of the Orient
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1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    4 months ago

He let people, even KIDS get into the water with the alligator?  I read elsewhere that he allowed them to go and touch that huge reptile, and that he had named it "Albert".  Did he think he was Pogo?

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Kavika
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2  Kavika     4 months ago

What a complete moron this guy is. First off the gator was suffering with various illnesses and putting people/kids in the water with it was asking for a death to happen, he is damn lucky it didn't happen. 

 
 
 
cjcold
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3  cjcold    4 months ago

Why bother? It's only worth a pair of boots and a belt in Florida.

 
 

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