Alligator Grabs Woman Walking Dogs in Florida

Alligator Grabs Woman Walking Dogs in Florida

Authorities started searching for the victim's body when a passerby reported that he had seen the woman walking two dogs and then noticed the pets alone, barking near the lake at Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park.

A woman walking her dogs in a South Florida park may have been ambushed by an alligator and dragged into a pond, police said Friday.

FWC spokesman Rob Klepper identified the woman as 47-year-old Shizuka Matsuki, of Plantation, Florida.

According to Key West Aquarium, alligator attacks on humans are considered rare, with 23 recorded fatalities since the early 1970's.

One of the dogs was found with a fresh wound, but Matsuki was missing. Residents were warned that gators, snakes and other wildlife were in the area.

"[Matsuki's] dogs won't leave the pond", Davie Police Maj.


It is unclear whether or not Matsuki received the email before she took her two dogs out for a walk at Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park in Davie on June 8.

Gator hunters were dispatched to the scene and captured and killed an alligator measuring 12 feet 6 inches.

The organisation also tweeted to say it would be conducting a "thorough investigation" into the incident, adding: "We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Shizuka Matsuki".

The warning from the neighborhood association about alligators in the water may have prompted her to change things up and go to a lake farther away. The witness told police the woman was gone the next time she looked, but the dogs were still there, the TV station said.

According to the wildlife commission, the likelihood of a Florida resident being seriously injured during an unprovoked alligator incident in Florida is roughly only 1 in 3.2 million.

Residents who live in the area told Local 10 News that a gator is known to roam the lakes in the park. As many will recall, 2-year-old Lane Graves was killed after an alligator attack in Florida.

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