BAYOU GEORGE, Fla., June 27 (UPI) -- A 400-pound alligator turned a dog walk into a nightmare for a Florida pet owner.
Shirley Pierce had taken her dogs Hoover, a 9-year-old bloodhound, and Freedom, a 4-year-old border collie, on their daily run Monday when the bloodhound went into Bayou George to cool off and was killed by the gator, The News-Herald, a newspaper in Panama City, Fla., reported Friday.
Pierce ran to a nearby residence and called for help. Her husband, Sheriff's Office deputies and an alligator tracker came to the scene where the dog had crawled out of the water, collapsed and died. They did keep the alligator, and two other competing ones, from devouring the carcass.
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission trapper captured and killed the 9.7-foot, 400-pound alligator on Thursday.
"It's not a good idea to let your dog swim in any place in Florida where there are gators, period," spokesman Stan Kirkland told the News-Herald. "We have incidents like this that happen very frequently and it causes a lot of anguish to the owner of the pet."