Trapper captures dog-eating alligator in Orlando lake

By Kaitlyn Shemenski , Associate producer, kshemenski@wjxt.com
Published On: Sep 04 2014 07:08:00 AM EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. -

A trapper late Wednesday captured an 11-foot alligator suspected of snatching and killing a 55-pound pit bull playing in an Orlando lake.

The gator was captured around 11 p.m. at Eagle Nest Park near Lescot Lane in Orlando.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said a man was playing fetch with his dog when the gator attacked the pit bull and dragged it underwater.

"My (dog), he turned around, came to me, and he took off to run back again," said Eric Glover, referring to King, his 10-month-old pit bull. "And when he took off again, the gator came out, snatched him in front of the bank here and took him in. And that was it."

The trapper tried to catch the gator for three days before nabbing it late Wednesday.

Several houses back up to the lake, which is near Kirkman Road and Raleigh Street. A bike path and jogging trail outline the edge of the lake. Neighbors said many children take the path every day to and from Eagle's Nest Elementary School.

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