Saturday, April 12, 2014

Woman heartbroken that pet alligator who had his own paddling pool evicted from apartment

A pet alligator whose owner said acted just like a dog or cat has been evicted from his Washington apartment. April Rognlin's beloved 5-foot reptile Snappy was seized by police officers on Wednesday after they received a complaint from her landlord.

The animal had reportedly lived happily in the 600-square-foot Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor County, apartment alongside three dogs for seven years. He had had his own paddling pool and rockery.

" It broke my heart," said Ronglin. "I've had him forever." She said Snappy would not hurt anyone. "He's our buddy," added Rognlin. "He's just like a dog or a cat." A state Fish and Wildlife officer took 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 are looking at charging Rognlin with animal cruelty.

With news video.

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