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A child asked for a license for a pet unicorn. Los Angeles County officials gave her one.

A child in California asked her local animal control department if she could get approval for a unique pet – a unicorn.

The child, named Madeline, sent a handwritten letter to the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control, which they posted on Facebook.

Madeline asks for approval to have a unicorn in her backyard, if she can find one. She asked if the department could please send her a response letter, and they did that and more.

This made us very happy so we thought we should share it with everyone. Madeline wrote us a letter requesting…

Posted by County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control on Tuesday, December 6, 2022

They sent her a pre-approved unicorn license — but since the mysterious creature can be hard to find, they also gave her a unicorn stuffed animal with a heart-shaped pink license on its collar.

“It is always beneficial to hear from young people who consider the needs of providing animals with a loving home,” department director Marcia Maeda wrote in the reply letter. “I commend your sense of responsible pet ownership in seeking advance permission to keep a pet unicorn in Los Angeles County.”

While Madeline easily obtained approval for her unicorn, the license comes with some caveats.

“The care of the unicorn must be carried out in compliance with all animal care regulations set forth in Title 10 of the Los Angeles County Code,” the letter read. The unicorn must also have “regular access to sunlight, moonlight, and rainbows” and must be fed watermelon once a week, apparently its favorite treat.

The department also said that the horn of the unicorn should be polished regularly to maintain good health. And, since unicorns and sparkle naturally go together, the department said any glitter used “must be non-toxic and biodegradable to ensure the good health of the unicorn.”

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