Officials seize alligator, 2 dead cats in box in LA-area yard

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Animal control officers say they have seized an 8-foot alligator in a box with two dead cats in a suburban Los Angeles backyard.

Los Angeles Zoo officials helped impound and move the alligator, which looks to be about 40 years old.

Because of the cats, officials were asking neighbors if anyone had lost any small pets over the years.

Brenda Barnette of Los Angeles Animal Services says they got a tip last year about an alligator at the same home but they found nothing.

They got another tip Monday. When refused entry, Barnette says they got a warrant and found the reptile in a box with the dead cats.

It is illegal to keep wildlife in Los Angeles without a permit.