The last thing one might expect while enjoying a day out with their pet is to be attacked by an alligator, but that was the case for a Florida woman and her Labrador Retriever according to a release from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Officer Landers was the responding officer, being called in for an alligator bite involving a male domesticated dog in West Palm City. The owner stated that his daughter was riding her horse around a lake owned by the county behind their house with her furry friend running alongside her. The dog broke off, running toward the edge of the lake where an alligator lunged out and grabbed it.
Fortunately, the dog was able to free itself from the gator's grip, and the family immediately brought him to a vet. Officer Landers notified the Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program (SNAP) and a contracted nuisance alligator trapper came to remove the 8-foot alligator from the property.
May seemed to be an active month for alligator calls, with another officer responding to a second gator in need of rescue from Florida traffic in Lee County.
Lieutenant Ruggiero responded to a call about an alligator at the Southwest Regional Airport. When he arrived on the scene, a 9-foot alligator was in the median, its head inching into oncoming traffic. Ruggiero was able to pull the gator from the median, securing and turning it over to a contracted nuisance alligator trapper.
These incidents only touch the surface of actions taken by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions Division of Law Enforcement; you can read the May 19 through May 25 weekly report release from FWC in its entirety below:
Article by Rachael Volpe