Police: Woman says alligator attacked dog near Tampa

Author: associated press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Police say an alligator attacked a black Labrador retriever named Haze after it chased a bird into the Hillsborough River near Tampa.

Someone called 911 Sunday evening, saying a woman was in the river yelling about an alligator. Arriving officers found 32-year-old Natasha Lee on a small island near a dam in the river. They waded into the water and guided her back to shore using a rope.

Lee told officers she saw the gator drag the dog underwater. They searched but didn’t find the dog or the gator.

A trapper was called to search for the alligator.

Haze is three years old and weighs about 75 pounds.

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