Kangaroo from Pasco chase is dead; owner faces charges - FOX 13 News

Kangaroo from Pasco chase is dead; owner faces charges

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A kangaroo that led law enforcement officers on a wild chase last weekend is dead, wildlife officials told FOX 13 News on Friday.

The kangaroo's owner has been charged with failing to secure wildlife.

Pasco County authorities started getting calls late Saturday night about an escaped kangaroo.

Sunday morning, deputies and wildlife officers spotted the kangaroo and spent the next six hours trying to catch him.

The used tranquilizers and even a stun gun -- and neither had any effect.

A Pasco resident eventually tackled the kangaroo.

It was taken to a nearby farm that breeds and houses exotic animals.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officers said the farm's owner, John Chatfield, told them the kangaroo had not escaped from his farm.

But now, according to FWC, investigators say the kangaroo did indeed escape from Chatfield's farm. Now, Chatfield has been served with a notice to appear in court. He is charged with failing to secure Class III wildlife, a misdemeanor that can carry a fine of up to $500 and/or 60 days in jail.

FWC officers say the kangaroo died late Sunday or early Monday from heart failure.

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