Alligators attack 2 large dogs in Central Florida

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WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials are warning dog owners to keep pets away from canals or other bodies of water after alligators attacked two dogs in Central Florida.

A West Melbourne couple woke early Tuesday to find their 110-pound Labrador retriever in the jaws of a 10-foot, 4-inch alligator. A trapper used a specialized weapon to shoot the reptile in the head five times, killing it. The dog survived with numerous stitches and bite marks on its back.

City workers in Rockledge on Monday saw an alligator grab a 100-pound pit bull that got too close. The dog died. A trapper has been called to kill the 8- to 10-foot gator.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Lanny Salberg says low water levels may be prompting alligators to be more active.

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