Jacksonville Police shoot alligator that ate 80-pound dog during walk with owner

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — Jacksonville Police shot an alligator that attacked then ate an 80-pound dog Tuesday, according to WCTI.

Jacksonville city official said the woman was walking her 80-pound husky without a leash along a street around dusk Tuesday. The husky then ran to the edge of the water near an intersection, where the alligator attacked and took the dog, city officials said.

Police told WCTI that because they found animal parts in the alligator’s mouth, they believe the husky was eaten.

Authorities said they considered moving the 10 to 12-foot alligator to another location, but because of the animal’s aggressive behavior, shot it. The alligator has since submerged, and should resurface in a day or two. Only then can authorities confirm it died from the gunshots, police explained.

The dog’s owner, whose identity had not been released, was not injured, according to Jacksonville officials.

The alligator may have mistaken the dog as a large duck, which frequent the area due to residents feeding them.

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