The Oshkosh Area Humane Society has taken in two exotic animals that are illegal to own in the city.
The animals are a dwarf caiman and a 10-foot Burmese python. There are no statewide restrictions on exotic ownership, but each municipality has its own regulations.
The Oshkosh Area Humane Society is not equipped to safely house exotic animals long-term, so they will now be taken to the Madison Area Herpetological Society, where they will receive proper care.
Below is a statement from OAHS Admissions manager Cari Tetzlaff:
Before considering acquiring an exotic animal, please make sure to check your local regulations. Not doing this places a burden on local animal organizations and unfortunately the animal typically pays the price. We would like to ask the public to do their research before acquiring any exotic animal. Sadly, the standard level of care most exotics can expect to receive in the average home is neglect. These species have specific housing, dietary and general care needs that can be difficult for the average person to provide.”