DEC: Alligator, Caiman 20 Turtles Removed From Wappingers Home
An alligator, turtles and more living in alleged poor conditions were removed from a Hudson Valley home.
Earlier this month, a Department of Environmental Conservation officer received a call notifying him of two crocodilians and approximately 20 turtles at a home in the town of Wappingers Falls.
The DEC launched an investigation with a licensed wildlife rehabilitator to determine compliance with a permit on file through DEC's Special Licenses Unit to possess two "American Alligators" for exhibition/education purposes.
During the initial visit and permit compliance check at the residence, an officer found the animals were being kept in unsanitary conditions, police say.
A litter box was repurposed for a miniature Caiman and an over 5-foot American Alligator was cramped in an oversized metal dog crate, in the homeowner's living room, according to the DEC.
Box Turtles and Painted Turtles were also found in the home, without the required permits, officials say.
The officers and wildlife staff removed the native turtles and both crocodilians from the poor conditions and brought them to the wildlife center for evaluation and care until permanent placement can be found. The permittee was issued tickets for unlawful possession of wildlife and for violating conditions of a DEC permit, returnable to Town of Wappingers Falls Justice Court.