Judge to Determine Fate of Alligators

7 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, July 26 2011 Jul 26, 2011 Tuesday, July 26, 2011 1:57:00 AM CDT July 26, 2011 in News
By: Danny Spewak

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.

 

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