Woman Has Her 8 Foot Alligator Pet Seized by Cops After Claims That She was Feeding it Feral Cats and the Creature was Found Surrounded by Kitten Carcasses

Woman Has Her 8 Foot Alligator Pet Seized by Cops After Claims That She was Feeding it Feral Cats and the Creature was Found Surrounded by Kitten Carcasses

What is it with crazy people keeping dangerous animals as “pets”? The latest lunatic to make headlines is Laura Mattson, who was found keeping an eight foot alligator as a “pet”, and is accused of feeding the animal feral cats.

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California animal control discovered an eight-foot alligator surrounded by the bodies of two cats at a suburban Los Angeles home on Monday.

The female crocodile named Jaxson was found in a box with a lid at the home of Laura Mattson, who had been caring for the reptile for years, possibly decades.

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‘It was found under foliage and debris. You had to be looking for it to locate it,’ said Mark Salazar, of field operations director for Los Angeles Animal Services, who said experts estimate Jaxson is 40 years old.

Mattson said her late husband Jim brought Jaxson into the family when it was a baby. She lamented the fact that animal control had removed it from the property.

‘It’s like losing part of my family and plus losing part of Jim. So now I’ve lost him too,’ Mattson told ABC.

After finding two dead cats alongside Jaxson, authorities said they believe Mattson was feeding the felines to the alligator, a claim she and her brother deny.

… Mattson explained she cared for several neutered feral cats at her home, telling NBC the alligator had been hand-fed ‘hot dogs and chicken for 36 years.’

‘She was so docile, she would let rats eat the hot dogs out of her mouth,’ Mattson told the station.

Did Mattson ever consider that the “docile” alligator she kept as a pet may have been eating the cats when she wasn’t looking? It doesn’t matter how much a part of the “family” her alligator was, it is complete insanity to keep an alligator as a pet, and it’s a miracle that the animal was removed before it seriously injured anyone.

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