- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 2½-foot-long alligator listed for sale by a Sioux City teenager instead will end up at a Nebraska college.

Sioux City officials learned of the posting and soon found the 16-year-old owner, whose posting said he wanted $400 for the reptile, Allie, and Allie’s 75-gallon aquarium, heat lamps and water heater. The boy had bought the alligator from an Internet website.

Animal control officials say Iowa has barred alligators from being kept as pets.

The alligator was turned over to Sioux City Animal Adoption and Rescue Center on Tuesday. Cindy Rarrat, who owns the center, says Allie is the third alligator her facility has received in three years.

Allie eventually will be sent to Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska, and become part of the school’s reptile lab.


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