DAVIE, Fla. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Authorities searched a Florida pond Friday after a witness told police an alligator attacked a woman walking her dogs and dragged her into the water.
The caller reported seeing the alligator drag her into the pond in Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park in Davie, Florida.
According to Detective Viviana Gallinal the caller said, “He had seen a woman walking two dogs and a short time later he sees that the dogs were by themselves and one of them had a fresh injury on it.”
In a Sun Sentinel report , Davie Police Maj. Dale Engle said divers were searching the water. “Her dogs won’t leave the pond.” Engle said.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Rob Klepper said the report of the attack was still unconfirmed, but law enforcement officers with the agency were heading to the scene.
The pond is in a park near the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, a major Miami-area tourist and entertainment attraction, and is surrounded by homes.
Authorities closed the park Friday.
Davie, Florida is about 25 miles north of Miami.
Alligators and humans have crossed paths more and more in Florida, as people increasingly seek waterfront homes and recreation — but fatal attacks remain rare.
According to the wildlife commission, the likelihood of a Florida resident being seriously injured during an unprovoked alligator incident in Florida is roughly only one in 3.2 million.
From 1948 to 2017, the commission has documented 401 people bitten by alligators, including 24 fatalities. The most recent death occurred in 2016, when a 2-year-old boy playing near the water’s edge at a Walt Disney World resort was killed.
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