Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected
Breaking news: In earnings call, Disney CEO says 7,000 people will be laid off

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


8-Foot Alligator May Have Been Eating Neighborhood Pets For Decades

Smile! (Photo by Sorbis via Shutterstock)
Before you
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

An alligator found in the backyard of a Van Nuys home on Monday may have been the culprit of about 40 years of local neighborhood pet deaths.Department of Animal Services officers, working off a tip, served a warrant to find and seize an 8-foot, about 40-year old alligator in a home on the 13200 block of Sylvan Street. In the backyard, officers found the alligator inside a covered box along with two dead cats. The cats have been kept as evidence, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

Officials knew about the alligator late last year, but a search turned nothing up then. On Monday officers were initially denied entry to conduct a search by the homeowner, so they returned with a warrant. Staff from the L.A. Zoo who specialize in large reptiles aided in the capture and transport of the animal.

It is illegal to own an alligator without a permit, and an investigation is currently being conducted by Animal Services. If anyone has information or may have lost a small pet in the neighborhood in the last 40 years, they are being asked to reach Commander Mark Salazar at (213) 482-7455 or

Related: Rancho Cucamonga Man Wants His Pet Alligator 'Chopper' Back

Most Read