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Council Allows Resident to Keep Pet Alligators

November 15, 2001

Nicholas Amodio will be allowed to keep his menagerie of alligators, potbellied pigs and exotic birds, provided he keeps his gators, a pair of 400-pounders named Bonnie and Clyde, from roaming freely in their suburban sanctuary.

The City Council told Amodio Tuesday that he must keep his pigs penned and at least 50 feet away from his neighbors.

Neighbors had complained about the "Savona Street Sanctuary."

Amodio, 59, feared the alligators, which he has raised since they hatched nearly 30 years ago, would be destroyed if they had to go. And, he argued, Bonnie and Clyde have never even snapped at anyone.

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