Alligators Being Kept Illegally As Pets
South Daytona Police say they were called to a home Thursday night where a woman discovered her neighbor was keeping two alligators as pets.
Officials say the neighbor was in her yard pulling weeds with family members near a fence when they heard thrashing.
That's when the neighbors discovered the approximately 7-foot-long alligators.
Police say the owner of the alligators is out of town on vacation, but he told them over the phone he has had the reptiles since they were hatchlings and he has had them at the home since he moved in six years ago from Kentucky.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is investigating.
The homeowner can get a permit for the alligators, but the animals still can't stay at the home.
Officials say the animals weren't a threat.
Either way, wildlife officials say the gators must go.
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