A huge alligator attacked and ate a 100-pound dog in front of his helpless owner and terrified onlookers at an Alabama park.
Mavis the dog was brought by her owner to Arlington Park in Mobile, Alabama, sometime last weekend to go on a fishing trip, the man’s brother, Chris Wilson, told WWLP.
Witnesses report that Mavis was close to the park’s boat launch when the alligator jumped out of the water and attacked her. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Mavis the dog was attacked and devoured by an alligator earlier this month.
2. Mavis was reportedly close to the park’s boat launch at the time of the alligator’s attack.
The alligator who committed the attack is being sought for by wildlife officials, according to WWLP.
The station reports that Mavis was from Mobile’s Midtown section and was described by residents as a “neighborhood dog”.
Local resident Nicole Lavirriere told WWLP:
Mavis was a lot like my dog.
I think she’s like the Norm of “Cheers” — she was the, you know, Mavis — everybody knew her name.
3. Nicole Lavirriere, who knew Mavis, is seen comforting a young girl after the dog’s death.
Lavirriere also told the news station:
She had regular houses that she went to get treats from.
She knew how to pretty much open up our back door and come in when she wanted to.
There’s definitely a loss not seeing her out and about in the front yards of all the neighbors walking around, and greeting people.
Lavirriere was filmed comforting a distressed young girl, and telling her:
Stop, you’re going to make me cry.
4. The alligator struck at the Arlington Park boat launch, pictured.
Jayme Corry, who was present at Arlington Park during the attack, said in an interview with WWLP:
We see small [alligators], maybe two or three foot.
It definitely makes me scared.
An alligator attacked a German short hair dog earlier this month at Florida’s Lake Ida. That canine later died from its wounds, The Orlando Sentinel reports.
The University of Florida warns on its website:
It’s very important to keep children and pets away from the water’s edge wherever alligators are likely to be present. Do not allow dogs to swim or explore waters that are known to have alligators because dogs look like prey to alligators.
5. A huge alligator devours a 100-pound dog in front of his owner and terrified onlookers.
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