May 15, 2014 8:46 am

OSPCA seize two alligators from north Toronto home

The OSPCA seized two alligators from a backyard shed in a Stouffville home.


STOUFFVILLE, Ont. – Two large alligators have been removed from a home in a community north of Toronto.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was called to a property in Stouffville after complaints from neighbours about the reptiles – which are about 1 1/2 metres long.

The alligators were apparently being kept as family pets in a backyard shed.

It’s not known how long the alligators had been kept in the shed but officials say the reptiles looked healthy and well taken care of and that the shed was locked and had a deadbolt on it.

The animals were transferred to Hamilton and will eventually be taken to a reptile zoo in Ottawa.

Stouffville is located in York Region which has a bylaw banning the ownership of exotic animals like alligators, but there’s no immediate word on whether the owners of the reptiles will be charged.

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