Family Ordered To Surrender Pet Nutria

Nutria with yellow teeth

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A Jefferson Parish family is, in their words, beyond devastated by the recent actions of state officials.

Dennis and Myra Lacoste say a Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries official showed up at their Metairie business last night to discuss their pet nutria named Neuty.

The Lacoste's say Wildlife and Fisheries cited them for possession of a wild quadruped without a license, and they were told would need to surrender the 22-pound rodent.

The Lacostes say they nursed Neuty back to health after they found him hurt on the side of the road a couple years ago and he has become a part of their family just like their dogs.

Dennis tells The Times-Picayune he plans to comply with the state order.

LDWF says Neuty will be placed in the Baton Rouge Zoo.

A petition calling for officials to "Free Neuty" had gathered over 7,700 signatures as of Friday morning.

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