150 alligators, crocodiles, and other reptiles were rescued from a home in Toronto, Ontario when the overwhelmed collector pleaded for help.
An over-matched and overwhelmed Toronto man who had been keeping the reptiles in his home for at least 10 years finally gave up and called for help.
Responding was Bry Loyst of the Indian River Reptile Zoo based in the city of Peterborough:
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing; I could not believe that somebody had that many crocodilians and raised them to adulthood. These were not baby little crocodiles,” he said. “They were adults.”
The location of the home where the reptiles were raised has not been disclosed, but Loyst said that it was in a residential area and that the animals were kept in aquariums.
Probably starting as a business then kept as pets, the animals that were rescued by some 20 volunteers are illegal to keep.
The set fine for harboring any crocodilian is $240 with the maximum fine $5,000.
Losyt said that “he did a lot of wrong things, but he did the right thing by giving them a better place.”