A woman has come out and said that her 45 kg dog was eaten by an alligator while she was out for a walk with the pet in Florida.
Cynthia Robinson was apparently out with her dog when a 10ft gator came along and attacked the dog from behind and pulled him into a pond.
She said: “My dog didn’t even know what happened to him. He had that look like, [he was] yelping.
“He was like ‘Help me mama,’ but I couldn’t do nothing. He came back up and I [spotted] my white dog in his mouth. He just sat there with my dog in his mouth.”
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was called in to help try and find out the alligator. The park was shut down temporarily to capture the animal. The woman said that her dog had no chance against the huge creature.
“All I could do was stand there and watch my dog get eat,” she said. “And I just don’t want it to happen to no one else or a kid or anything.
“He was so fast. He took my dog, and he was gone… Tank didn’t even stand a chance.”
Gaye Sharpe, a director at the Polk County Parks and Natural Resources, told the news outlet it was likely the alligator spotted the dog and took it for prey.
Robinson says she’s now worried something like this might happen to someone else; adding: “There’s always someone out there fishing or they’re playing, it’s a pretty place.”
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released a fact-guide for living near crocs and gators, in which it warns: “Animals that resemble their natural prey, such as dogs and cats, are more susceptible to being bitten by crocodiles when in or near the water.
“Do not allow pets to swim, exercise, or drink in water that may contain crocodiles as they resemble natural prey items of crocodiles. Always keep pets at a safe distance from the water.”
In a statement a spokesperson from Polk County Parks and Natural Resources Division said: “We are saddened to hear about the loss of a beloved family pet.”