Pet Squirrel Controversy

ONE MAN IN FLORIDA IS FIGHTING TO KEEP A SQUIRREL AS HIS PET, DESPITE HIS NEIGHBORS SAYING NO.

JULIE SALOMONE HAS THAT STORY.

JULIE: FOR RYAN BOYLAN---CARING FOR A SQUIRREL IS BETTER THAN OWNING A DOG.

"SHE'S JUST LIKE AN INSIDE CAT. SHE JUST WALKS AROUND AND HIDES PECANS, AND HAZELNUTS WHICH ARE HER 2 FAVORITES."

WE MET BRUTIS TONIGHT--- HE RESCUED HER SHORTLY AFTER HURRICANE MATTHEW---MORE THAN A YEAR AGO.

"I SYRINGE FED HER FOR 3 WEEKS UNTIL SHE COULD OPEN HER EYES I FELL IN LOVE WITH HER."

MANAGEMENT AT ISLAND WALK CONDOMINIUMS FOUND OUT ABOUT THE RODENT--ONE DAY WHEN BOYLAN TOOK HER OUTSIDE.

LAST MONTH, THE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION TOLD BOYLAN THE SQUIRREL HAS TO GO AND THEY'RE THREATENING EVICTIM.

THE CASE IS ALSO GOING TO CIVIL COURT--- MANAGEMENT SAYING IN COURT RECORDS--- THE SQUIRREL PUTS OTHER TENANTS AT RISK.

"AND IM NOT SURE HOW AN ANIMAL THAT WEIGHS LESS THAN 2 POUNDS CAN HARM ANYBODY."

BOYLAND ARGUES BRUTIS IS AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL--HE SUFFERS FROM ANXIETY AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT YEARS AGO- HE'S EVEN SHOWED CONDO MANAGEMENT A DOCTORS NOTE.

HE SAID GIVING HER UP ISNT AN OPTION.

"THERES ABSOLUTELY NO WAY I WOULD GIVE HER UP."

REPORTING IN CLEARWATER, JULIE SALOMONE

RICK:  THANKS JULIE. WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE POLL.

SHOULD PEOPLE BE ALLOWED TO KEEP WILD ANIMALS AS PETS? YOU CAN VOTE YES, THEY CAN MAKE NICE PETS. NO, THEY CAN BE DANGEROUS. OR NO, IT’S NOT GOOD FOR THE ANIMALS.

AND WHILE YOU’RE VOTING ONLINE WRITE TO US AND TELL US ABOUT YOUR UNUSUAL PETS, OR THE ODD PETS OF YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. MY HOUSE ONLY HAS A DOG – NOTHING UNUSUAL THERE!

 

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