Judge to Determine Fate of Alligators
COLUMBIA - A Boone County Circuit Court judge will hear arguments Tuesday about the fate of the seven alligators Animal Control took from a local man last month.
The case involving Ken Henderson, who authorities have charged with multiple crimes including animal abuse, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in front of judge Deborah Daniels.
According to the Columbia Daily Tribune, Henderson owes $2,592 to Animal Control for the cost of housing the alligators. If he cannot cover the costs, a city ordinance gives authorities the option to either kill the gators or sell them to a facility like the zoo.
Henderson argues the gators serve an educational purpose as a part of the Global Environmental Education Foundation, for which he serves as a trustee. If he does pay the money to the city, there is still no guarantee his gators will return to his possession.