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Posted by W von Papinešu on January 23, 2003 at 20:26:18:
In Reply to: OR Press: Keeping alligator costs $300 posted by W von Papinešu on January 23, 2003 at 12:25:37:
KOIN 6 (Portland, Oregon) 23 January 03 Judge Says 'Later Gator' To Al The Alligator - Owners To Appeal
Beaverton, Oregon: Al the Alligator, the beloved pet of a Beaverton family, must find a new home outside the city limits.
That was the ruling in a Beaverton courtroom Wednesday.
Al's family took the case to court after neighbors asked the City Council to ban pet gators after the reptile escaped last summer.
Nick Adam, 16, who owns the 5-foot alligator said, "He's not a dangerous animal and there's no possible way that he would do any harm to anybody or anybody's property. He's never turned on us or attempted to bite us, nothing like that."
"I feel like they're wrong. He's an animal, and we love him and he's a part of our family and they're wrong and it's just not right," said Nick's mom, DeAnn Overfield.
"So we're not willing to give him up. We want him to be in our house."
The family plans to appeal to a higher court and refuses to pay the $300 fine for keeping Al until they have exhausted all appeal options.
The list of animals banned in Beaverton includes any snake of the boa or python family that can grow to more that 8 feet long, any poisonous or venomous reptile, any animal of a wild or predatory nature, any big cat not native to Oregon, including lions, tigers and leopards, monkeys or gorillas and bears with the exception of black bears.