A Florida man told wildlife officials that he was playing with his dog at a Florida park when suddenly, his pup was attacked by an alligator, dragged into the water, and eaten in an incident that occurred earlier this month.
According to a report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Joshua Wells was playing with his unleashed dog near a pond at a Tallahassee park on June 6, 2022, when the alligator emerged from the water and snatched his pet.
Wells told officials that during the ordeal, he grabbed the alligator by the legs, but according to the report, “He said he quickly realized that was not a good idea and let the alligator go.”
Later that day, a professional trapper found the dog’s body floating below the surface of the water.
The body was located in the same area where earlier, trappers caught two alligators, one that was 9 feet 2 inches long and another that was 6 feet, 6-inches long.
The report said that a wildlife officer returned the dog’s remains to his owner.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recommends keeping pets on leashes near water.