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Sonora Police Seize Pet Alligator

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Sonora, CA — Sonora Police made a seizure Wednesday of the most unusual type.

Police spokesman Mark Stinson says his department received an anonymous tip that a man was raising a three-and-a-half foot long alligator in his apartment on Stewart Street.

The man told officers that he had owned the alligator since it was a few inches long and planned to raise it until it was fully grown. He also said he was planning to move the animal to a fish pond behind the apartment building when it reached an adult length of eight to ten feet.

Officers determined that the man didn´t have the proper licenses or permits to have the animal.

Sonora Police along with the city´s animal control officer seized the alligator and transported it to a wildlife and exotic animal refuge.

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