Pet alligator found in Jefferson County home - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Pet alligator found in Jefferson County home

photo courtesy the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department photo courtesy the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – A pet alligator in Jefferson County will soon be finding a new place to live.

Randy Christian with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department says they received a call on Thursday about an alligator being illegally kept as a pet. When deputies arrived on the scene at a home in the 400 block of Sheppard Lane in the Providence area of west Jefferson County, the discovered a 24 inch alligator being kept in a makeshift pen.

The Alabama Department of Conservation was summoned and took up the investigation.

Felony charges could be brought against the owner, but he will more likely face misdemeanor charges that carry a fine and no jail time.

The alligator will be relocated to an appropriate habitat.

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