Wildlife officials in southeast Florida report that an alligator pulled an 85-year-old woman walking her dog into a nearby retention pond on Monday, killing her.
Gloria Serge was walking her small dog along a pond in her Ft. Pierce neighbourhood when an alligator attempted to take her dog, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Tuesday.
An incident report filed with the commission stated that “Ms. Serge was knocked over and the alligator pulled her into the water by her foot.”
“Serge was dragged into deeper water and drowned as a result of the incident,” it said. The alligator, which was about 10 feet long, was captured and euthanized, according to the report.
A spokesperson for the commission, Arielle Callender, told CNN on Monday that the dog had survived.
According to the fish and wildlife commission, the woman was found and the alligator involved in the incident was captured by a contracted nuisance alligator trapper.
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the victim,” the commission said in a statement Monday.
Serious alligator-related injuries are uncommon in Florida, according to the statement.
“The FWC places the highest priority on public safety and administers a Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program (SNAP) to address complaints concerning specific alligators believed to pose a threat to people, pets or property,” the statement said.