In Auburndale, Florida, a woman told authorities her dog had been off leash near a retention pond on Thursday, when an 11-foot alligator jumped out of the water and snatched her 100-pound dog in its giant jaws.
“My dog didn’t even know what happened,” Cynthia Robinson, the owner of the six-year-old pit bull named Tank stated. ‘He had that look like yelping. He was like ‘help me mama, but I couldn’t do nothing.”
Robinson watched as the 400-pound gator sat there with her dog in its mouth. Dog owners need to keep their pets on leashes.
According to BayNews, a trapper dispatched to help, by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, removed an 11-foot-3-inch alligator on Thursday afternoon. The park had been closed until officials were sure the area was safe. Alligator attacks in Florida are rare, and FWC adminsters a Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program to address complaints of alligators posing a threat to people, property and pets.
The alligator will be destroyed.
People having problems with alligators are urged to contact the Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866.392.4286.
(Photos via Twitter)
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