Two months after state officials showed up at a home in Upstate New York to seize an enormous pet alligator, we finally know where the huge reptile went.

Albert the aligator
Facebook via Tony Cavallaro

On March 15th, the New York State DEC seized the 12-foot, 750 pound alligator named Albert from a home in Hamburg, New York, alleging that his owner of 30 years, Tony Cavallaro, failed to make sure that the dangerous animal didn’t come into contact with humans, breaking New York State regulations. 

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In addition, Cavallaro’s permit to own the exotic animal expired in 2021, and the DEC stated that the alligator was suffering from numerous health conditions, including spinal issues and blindness.

Cavallaro continues to dispute the DEC’s claims of health problems, and documents show he reached out to the DEC about renewing his permit several times and was met with no reply. However, he did admit that he allowed friends and family to pet and swim with the massive gator. 

Alligator Owner Fighting To Bring Him Back To New York State

Albert’s owner, his friends, and his family are currently doing everything they can to get the alligator back home. A petition created on Cavallaro’s behalf currently has over 170,000 signatures, and several fundraisers have taken place to raise money for the legal fight to have the pet alligator returned back to the Empire State.

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Unfortunately, it doesn’t look good for Cavallaro, as we learned that his beloved pet has already been moved to a new home thousands of miles away.

alligator hamburg ny
Facebook via Tony Cavallaro

Albert The Pet Alligator Now Lives In Texas

In a comment to Buffalo, New York’s WGRZ, the DEC revealed that Albert was originally sent to a rehab facility in Massachusetts for care, and when deemed healthy enough, ended up at an alligator rescue in Texas called Gator Country

"The location was selected after an evaluation of local and national facilities able and willing to accept an alligator with these specific and significant medical needs. DEC will continue to work closely with the facility monitoring the alligator’s health and wellbeing." - New York State DEC to WGRZ

According to his Facebook profile, Tony Cavallaro had no idea any of this was happening, and isn’t giving up his persistence in bringing his pet back home.

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