Alligator removed from small Ocean Shores apartment

OCEAN SHORES — Police in Ocean Shores say tips led them to seize a 4-foot-long alligator they said was living in a small apartment in the coastal community.

KING-TV reported that one of those tips came from April Rognlin’s landlord. The station also said it’s against state law to own American Black alligators in Washington.

A state Fish and Wildlife officer brought “Snappy” to the Thurston County Animal Shelter. The creature will be placed in a reptile refuge.

Officers confiscated the alligator Wednesday afternoon. Sgt. Don Grossi said they found Snappy in the back seat of the resident’s vehicle.

Rognlin told KING, “It broke my heart” and she added, “He’s just like a dog or a cat.”

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