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Exotic Animals Catching Attention in Lee

LEE -- It's not everyday you see zebras, camels, and llamas in Lee, but that has been on display for about a week right off of Route 102, and some Lee residents are concerned.

"Everything about it concerns me," says Sheila Anderson. "It's 90 some degrees, it's really humid, exotic animals don't belong in the Berkshires they don't even belong in my judgement carnivals."

While CBS6 was on site we saw Lee's animal control officer stopping in to check on the situation, he told CBS6 while the conditions aren't ideal there's no harm being done to the animals and nothing illegal about the lot they are in.

"I don't see anything out of the ordinary," says Mike Sullivan, the animal control officer for Lee and Lennox. "It's just an unfortunate event that these guys ran into an accident and they are held up here for a while until they can get back on the road."

CBS6 learned the lot is owned by an RW Towing company employee, based out of Lee. He gave the individuals traveling with the animals permission to use the property while they fix their broken trailer.

Sullivan says the animals are not in any danger, and continue to be taken care of with food and water.
 
The people traveling with the animals tell CBS6 they're hoping to be back on the road in two days to catch up with the Kelly Miller circus in Ohio. They were leaving the circus in Dalton when the accident happened.