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6-foot gator, pythons and rabbit among animals removed from Kansas City home

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KSHB) - Jackson County deputies serving an eviction notice on Wednesday morning got quite the surprise when they found some illegal animals at the home. 

A six-foot, 150-pound alligator, three pythons, a rabbit and several “domesticated” animals, including cats, were found at a home in the 5500 block of Phelps Road in Kansas City, Missouri, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

An exotic animal expert from Greenwood, Missouri, helped Kansas City Animal Health officers wrangle the alligator from the home. The snakes and the rabbit will go to KC Pet Project, and the alligator will go to Monkey Island Rescue in Greenwood. 

Sean Casey, who owns the animals, could be cited for having them. He will not get the exotic animals back, although he will be allowed to keep the cats. 

Casey told 41 Action News that he has had the reptile, named Catfish, for four years and takes good care of it.

“He eats better than I do,” Casey said, adding that Catfish eats chicken nuggets, steak, rats, deer and fish.

The rabbit was not food for the alligator, though its name is “Dinner,” Casey said.


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