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750 LB Alligator Seized from WNY Home


Here’s one you don’t hear every day:  This week, the state DEC seized an 11-foot, 750-pound alligator from a home in Hamburg, just outside of Buffalo.

The 30-year-old alligator had numerous health-related issues, including being blind as well as spinal complications. According to the state agency, the homeowner reportedly built an addition to his house and added an in-ground pool to keep the alligator in. The man had a license to own the gator, but it expired three years ago.

A licensed caretaker is now in possession of the alligator. Evidence seized from the home along with feedback from a veterinarian will help determine if any charges will be filed against the homeowner.

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