The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is warning parents and pet owners to be cautious around water after a woman's dog was killed by a 9-foot alligator in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. Deputies say the gator weighed between 350 and 400 pounds, which they say is big for Joe's Creek.
Deputies were unable to rescue the dog and a trapper was called to remove the alligator from the creek. Trappers say they knew they had the right gator because the dog was still in its mouth when they pulled the alligator out.
"That was the worst thing in the world that you could ever go through," she said, "it’s like your child being taken and being killed and you know he’s not coming back."
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office posted a photo of the trapped gator on Facebook with a warning to the public.
A spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says a nuisance alligator becomes the property of the contracted trapper once it's caught.
In this case, as in most, the trapper can process the alligator for its hide and meat as the primary source of compensation for their services.