Man Says He Needs His Emotional Support Alligator to Help With Depression

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YORK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man says his emotional support alligator helps him deal with his depression.

Sixty-five-year-old Joie Henney, of York Haven, says his registered emotional support animal named Wally likes to snuggle and give hugs, despite being a 5-foot-long alligator. reports Henney says he received approval from his doctor to use Wally as his emotional support animal after not wanting to go on medication for depression.

(Ty Lohr/York Daily Record via AP)

Wally was rescued from outside Orlando at 14 months old. Henney says Wally eats chicken wings and shares an indoor plastic pond with a smaller rescue alligator named Scrappy.

(Ty Lohr/York Daily Record via AP)

Henney acknowledges that Wally is still a dangerous wild animal and could probably tear his arm off, but says he’s never been afraid of him.

This article was originally published on January 24, 2019.

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