Hyena taken from yard

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach Police cited a man Friday for having a hyena in his backyard, according to an incident report.

Officers were called to a residence in the 600 block of First Avenue around 12:30 p.m. Friday. Responding officers found the hyena, named Bubbles, in a pen in the back of the home.

According to the report, officers contacted Nicolas Petock, 26, who told them the 1-year-old hyena was brought into the city from Texas about a month ago.

The hyena had enough living area to allow it to circle around the dog house, according to police. Officials from Alligator Adventure transported the animal to a secure facility.

Petock was cited for owning and displaying a wild/exotic animal.

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