Thursday, March 12, 2009
Man Busted For Keeping Pet HYENA In His Backyard
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- A South Carolina man has been cited for having a hyena in his backyard.
The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News reported Wednesday that the year-old hyena named Bubbles has been moved to Alligator Adventure in North Myrtle Beach.
The animal's owner, 26-year-old Nicolas Petock, was cited for owning and displaying a wild or exotic animal after police went to his home last Friday and saw the beast. It had been housed in a chain link pen that had a dog house in the center.
Petock told police he brought the hyena from Texas.
A message for the man was not immediately returned Wednesday. A police spokesman didn't know whether Petock had retained an attorney.