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85-year-old woman dies in alligator attack while trying to save her dog

Only the dog survived the 10-foot-long alligator attack

An 85-year-old lady was killed after a gator dragged her into a storage reservoir while she was taking her dog on a walk in southeast Florida. The 10-foot (3-meter) alligator initially attacked the dog but then turned its attention to the woman as she tried to rescue the animal.

While her dog survived the ordeal, the woman's life was tragically cut short while she tried to save it. Find more details about the horrific gator attack below.

About the alligator attack

On Monday, residents of the Spanish Lakes Fairways senior living community called 911 to report a gator attack. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office rushed to the scene immediately.

The FWC revealed that an alligator tried to steal a tiny dog from its owner, Gloria Serge, while she walked the dog by a pond in her Ft. Pierce neighborhood. The gator knocked Ms. Serge to the ground, grabbed her foot, and dragged her into the pond. She was ultimately dragged into deeper water, where she drowned. The dog made it out alive, while the 10-foot-long alligator was captured and put down.

Alligator attacks in Florida

The state of Florida is home to over 1.3 million alligators, yet attacks that result in serious injury are exceptionally rare. According to FWC statistics, roughly 26 people have been killed by an unprovoked attack in Florida since 1948.

The FWC advises anybody near freshwater to watch for gators and fight back if attacked. According to authorities, gators are opportunistic eaters who consume anything in their immediate vicinity. If their prey is too strong for them, they will usually give up and run away.

If you or someone you know is ever attacked by a gator, contact the government's Nuisance Alligator Hotline at (866) 392-4286 to have trappers sent to your location immediately.

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