FWC wants your unwanted exotic pets

FWC to hold Exotic Pet Amnesty Day

By Paul Giorgio - Producer
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MELBOURNE, Fla. - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants your pet -- your unwanted exotic pet that is.

The agency is organizing a pet amnesty day Saturday at Wickham Park in Melbourne.

Liz Barraco, with the FWC, said the amnesty program offers people an outlet when they can no longer care for their pet.

"What they think their alternatives are is to release the animal into the wild," Barraco said. "What's really important is that people understand that is really not an option."

Barraco said it's illegal to release non-natives in the state of Florida.

"It's also a bad decision for the animal and the ecosystem," Barraco said.

The FWC said every effort will be made to find homes for the animals that are collected.

"All exotic pets that are surrendered will be looked over by a veterinarian and all healthy pets will be made available for adoption to approved adopters through our program," Barraco said.

Animals will be accepted without question and no penalties will apply for unlicensed or illegal exotics.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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