Gator in cage, tortoise in pool at Clearwater home

Man with dozens of animals at home could face punishment

Published On: Jan 11 2013 07:16:11 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 11 2013 09:05:20 AM EST
CLEARWATER, Fla. -

Police and code enforcement officers responding to a complaint discovered dozens of animals -- including an alligator in a cage and tortoises in the swimming pool -- at a home in Clearwater.

Officials found the critters on Thursday.

Besides the gator and tortoises, animals found at the home included chickens, roosters and a pig.
    
Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts says the owners of the home could face city ordinance violations and a misdemeanor charge for possessing the alligator.