OCEAN SHORES, Wash. -- Snappy the alligator not only violated the terms of April Rognlin's apartment lease, it's against state law to own American Black alligators in Washington.

After her landlord learned Rognlin had a five-foot alligator in her 600-square-foot Ocean Shores apartment, he called police.

Officers confiscated the alligator Wednesday afternoon.

It broke my heart, said Ronglin. I've had him forever.

A state fish and wildlife officer brought Snappy to the Thurston County Animal Shelter. Snappy will be placed in a reptile refuge somewhere in the state.

Under state law owners of animals considered dangerous can only receive citations, but Ocean Shores police were looking at charging Rognlin with animal cruelty.

She said Snappy would not hurt anyone.

He's our buddy, said Rognlin. He's just like a dog or a cat.

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