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California Briefing / NORTH HOLLYWOOD

Owner gives up adult pet alligator

August 23, 2008|Francisco Vara-Orta

Animal control officers from the city Department of Animal Services went to a North Hollywood residence this week and found an adult 5-foot, 6-inch-long male alligator named Ziggy.

The owner, whose name was not released, surrendered the alligator without incident. Animal Services had gone to the residence because of a referral call from the Los Angeles Police Department.

"The alligator appears to be in good health, thankfully," said Kathy Davis, assistant general manager of Animal Services.

Ziggy is about 5 years old and has been with his owner since he was small.

Alligators are a restricted species in California, requiring a possession permit, Davis said. "Residents are urged to adopt traditional pets, such as dogs, cats and rabbits, from our shelters in lieu of wild animals, whose care and containment can often be overwhelming," she said.

Animal Services contacted a local herpetology society member who has the proper permit to take care of Ziggy. Animal Services also contacted the California Department of Fish and Game to inform it of the impoundment and subsequent transfer to the herpetology society, and that agency will determine if any criminal charges will be filed.

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