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Alligators, snakes found at home where cobra escaped 

By: The Associated Press
July 7, 2017 Updated: July 7, 2017 at 8:11 am
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Danny Ubario of the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control holds an American alligator seized at a Thousand Oaks home. Al Seib, Los Angeles Times

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Authorities found alligators and venomous snakes at a Southern California home where animal control officers say a cobra had gotten loose and terrified neighbors.

Los Angeles County officials served search warrants Thursday at a home in Thousand Oaks and a rural property just outside the city.

The Los Angeles Times reports the warrants were requested after a neighbor recently reported seeing a cobra slithering through the area. Animal control public information officer Don Barre says the neighbor drove a car over the snake, killing it.

In 2014 an albino monocled cobra escaped and eluded capture for days. That snake was eventually captured, but not before biting a dog.

No arrests were immediately announced. Authorities say the owners have permits but they appear to be in violation of animal-keeping rules.

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