For close to 40 years, say authorities in Los Angeles, a small backyard in Van Nuys has been home to a most unusual pet — a domesticated female alligator whose owner says is gentle and harmless.
The local CBS affiliate in LA reports that animal control officers have seized and relocated the 8-foot reptile named Jaxson, transporting her to the Los Angeles zoo for safekeeping.
Neighbors of the gator’s former home in Van Nuys must have been surprised when, following the creature’s removal, officials notified them that “residents who have lost small pets at any time over the past 40 years (should) contact Commander Mark Salazar at (213) 482-7455.”
Animal Services is reportedly conducting a full criminal investigation and is expected to present a case to the City Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
You can watch the bizarre story of Jaxson the alligator and her owner’s dilemma by clicking on the video above.
By the way, there’s no indication that owner ever took Jaxson out for a walk.
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