An 85-year-old Florida woman was trying to save her pet dog from a 10-foot alligator on Monday, but ultimately died during the fight.
According to WPTV, it all went down just outside the Spanish Lakes Fairways, a retirement community in Fort Pierce, Florida.
The woman’s name has not been released, but she was apparently walking her dog, when all of a sudden the gator leapt from the water and grabbed the pooch.
Unfortunately, this scenario is all too common in Florida. Someone is walking their dog along the lake or pond, an objectively enjoyable experience for anybody with a pup, but unbeknownst to them, a hungry gator is lurking just below the surface at the water’s edge.
The woman attempted to save her pet, but was ultimately dragged underwater as well. Although the dog was able to survive, the woman succumbed to her injuries.
Nuisance alligator trapper Robert Lilly discussed the capture of the 10-foot gator:
“It was definitely a fight. We snagged him on the bottom. He never surfaced. He stayed down the whole time.
We were able to get a second hook in him and a hard line in him so we could get him up.”
It took a whopping six people to pick the massive gator up before loading him into the back of a pickup truck, and it was measured between 10-11 feet long, and weighing between 600 and 700 pounds.
Talk about a tragic situation, especially when the dog owner was in the process of saving her pet.