Police in Davie are looking for a woman who may have been dragged into a pond by a gator on Friday morning.
Trappers removed a gator from the water in the afternoon and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has a boat on the pond searching for the woman. Local 10 and NBC6 are reporting that an arm was found inside the gator.
Officers told WSVN that they were investigating a report that she was walking her dogs near Southwest 52nd Street west of Florida’s Turnpike when she was grabbed by an alligator.
Davie Police Maj. Dale Engle told the Sun Sentinel that the woman’s dogs wouldn’t leave the pond.
“One of her dogs got bit by the gator,” Engle said.
Davie police have not released the name of the woman but friends who came to the park have identified her as 46-year-old Shizuka Matsuki of Plantation, WSVN and the Sun-Sentinel have reported. Her husband, who is out of town, has been told his wife went missing after walking the dogs.
According to Local 10 News, the witness told police he saw the woman walking her two pitbulls on the path around the Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park. The two were walking in different directions and parted ways. The park is surrounded by a residential community.
Soon after, he saw the two dogs without the woman and one dog appeared to be severely injured. The woman was nowhere around and a gator has been spotted in the pond.
An animal trapper has spotted a gator in the water and estimated its size at 12 feet, CBS4 reported.
“At this time, we haven’t had any reports of anybody missing other than this witness, who saw her earlier and then never saw her again,” Davie Police Detective Viviana Gallinal told the Sun Sentinel.
Broward County Animal Care officers, the Broward medical examiner, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have also arrived at the scene.
The dogs are currently with Animal Care.
According to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Florida has averaged six unprovoked alligator bites per year over the last 10 years. These wounds are serious enough to require professional medical treatment.
There has not been a significant trend in alligator attacks in the past decade, the FWC reports. From 1948 to 2017, 401 unprovoked bite incidents have occurred in Florida with 24 of these proving fatal.
In June 2016, a Nebraska toddler who was visiting a Disney resort in Orlando was grabbed and killed by a gator at one of the resort’s lakes.
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