Arm found inside alligator suspected of dragging woman into Florida pond
An arm was found inside the body of an alligator suspected of dragging a woman walking her dogs into a south Florida pond.
Police have been searching for the unidentified woman who may have attacked by an alligator after a witness reported her missing Friday morning.
The area woman was walking her two dogs when the alligator reportedly struck in Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The 911 caller said he saw her walking the pups — one suffered an apparent bite wound — but then spotted them alone. Divers are still on the scene searching for the owner.
"Her dogs won't leave the pond," Davie Police Maj. Dale Engle told the Sentinel. "One of her dogs got bit by the gator."
The injured pit bull was brought to an animal care facility for treatment, according to Local10 News.
Alligator trappers were able to track the gator for dive teams to follow, the news outlet reported. The animal could be seen in the water from a news helicopter.
People who live in the area did not seem surprised that a potentially brutal attack occurred in their neighborhood.
“He is on the corner of the lake just sitting there, watching us,” one local resident told the news outlet. “The ranger told me there is a gator, so be careful.”
The popular park is near the Miami-area Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and is surrounded by homes. Area children swim in the lake — and fatal alligator encounters are rare.
The odds of an unprovoked attack are one in 3.2 million, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Since 1948, 24 Floridians were killed by gators, the most recent of which was a 2-year-old boy playing near the water at a Disney World resort in 2016.