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Hamburg Rallies Behind Seized Alligator Owner

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Hamburg, New York, residents support Tony Cavallaro after his 11-foot, 750-pound alligator, Albert, was seized. Cavallaro kept the “gentle giant” in a pond-like pool, even allowing children to swim.

The DEC seized 34-year-old alligator Albert from Cavallaro’s home over safety and health concerns, given Albert’s blindness and spinal issues. Cavallaro’s expired license and subpar facility safety also prompted the action.

Despite concerns, the community strongly supports Cavallaro. Locals attest to Albert’s well-being in his care, disputing any public safety threat. Cavallaro, asserting his commitment, claimed on a petition, “I cared for him better than most do for their kids.”

The DEC’s seizure ignited social media debate, with #FreeAlbert and #BringAlbertHome trending. Supporters say Albert wasn’t just a pet but a family member and community staple.

As events unfold, officials haven’t charged Cavallaro yet. Albert is with a licensed caretaker pending a permanent home. This support highlights the complex human-exotic pet relationship and the regulatory challenges for safety and welfare.

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