Lagos – The Mattson family from Los Angeles, US, had their pet alligator for 37 years seized by the Los Angeles Animal Services as they did not have a permit to own one, CNN reports.
Jaxson, as the alligator is called, is an 8-foot long female who the family acquired when Jim, the late family patriarch got when Jaxson was still a baby in 1977. Laura, Jim’s widow, has said losing Jaxson has felt as if they were losing Jim all over again.
Officials who were investigating the case found two dead cats in the Mattson’s backyard but they deny feeding cats to the alligator, saying that Jaxson grew up with cats.
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