Alligator preying on pets captured

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BLUFFTON, S.C. - An 8-foot-long alligator was captured and killed this week after it ate a dog and frightened a coastal Carolina neighborhood. The gator had preyed on the community's pets for more than a week.

An 8-foot-long, 180-pound  alligator was wrestled into submission by crew members of Critter Management in Bluffton, S.C. The alligator was preying on community pets.  Morris News Service
Morris News Service
An 8-foot-long, 180-pound alligator was wrestled into submission by crew members of Critter Management in Bluffton, S.C. The alligator was preying on community pets.

"This was definitely an aggressive alligator," said Billy Karijanian of a company called Critter Management Inc., which helped capture and subdue the reptile.

A Critter Management team began hunting the alligator after it attacked another dog last week. That pooch escaped, and the alligator went into hiding.

However, a beagle mix wasn't so lucky. The alligator snatched Truffles from a yard Monday and dragged the pet dog into a nearby lagoon. That prompted the Critter Management crew members to return.

On Tuesday, the gator again was spotted in a lagoon along the back of Pine Ridge Drive. Critter Management owner Joe Maffo and employee Mark Stever wrestled the 180-pound animal into submission, bound its legs behind its back and duct-taped its mouth shut.

It was hauled away, Mr. Karijanian said. The dog's remains were found inside the alligator.

Heath Duncan, the president of the local property owners association, said many residents are relieved. Several had mentioned the alligator's aggressive behavior over the past two weeks, he said. Instead of naturally moving away from people, it advanced on them and made them nervous.

"The three residents I've seen were very concerned," he said. "We have a number of children and pets here."

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Top Notch
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Top Notch 06/15/07 - 07:34 am
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freaky

freaky

laker
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laker 06/15/07 - 07:57 am
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Natural instinct. We build

Natural instinct. We build in the areas these animals live and hunt in; they do what is necessary to survive!

momma mia
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momma mia 06/15/07 - 09:14 am
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I agree, laker. We're the

I agree, laker. We're the ones who encroached on this animal's habitat, but he's the one who paid the price.

STAK
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STAK 06/15/07 - 09:22 am
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the 7 foot gator in the pond

the 7 foot gator in the pond at Hammond's Ferry in North Augusta will soon follow suit..........i found it amusing that the Animal Control officer over there felt so confident in saying it's okay to wait until it becomes aggressive to deal with the issue.....

dashiel
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dashiel 06/15/07 - 10:01 am
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Any followup on the fellow

Any followup on the fellow who videotaped his own Golden being dragged under by a gator in the Savannah? He shared the tape with Ch. 26 which aired it on Monday. Made me suspicious that a man would HAPPEN (!) to tape such a thing and then be so timely in sharing it with the media...

zzzman
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zzzman 06/15/07 - 12:24 pm
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Mighty "quinky dinky" ,maybe

Mighty "quinky dinky" ,maybe he used his dog for bait for the video? Sounds like the same one that threw the kittens out of his vehicle.

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Rob Pavey 06/15/07 - 02:42 pm
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wish they'd leave the poor

wish they'd leave the poor gators alone. they were there first. if you choose to live in gator habitat, an invisible electric fence to keep the pooch away from the waterline might keep it from becoming an hors d' hoeurve.

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JohnnyMango 06/16/07 - 05:09 am
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The golden retriever that

The golden retriever that was attacked on the Savannah River, Burke County, escaped and survived. There was a TV interview with the owner & veterinarian with the dog sitting on the treatment bed. The dog's face had been stitcted, medicated and taped. Good thing the man dropped the camera, threw rocks at the gator, and My Girl escaped!

PetsArePeopleToo
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PetsArePeopleToo 06/16/07 - 07:11 am
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Did anyone get the vehicle

Did anyone get the vehicle plate ID # of the kitten murderer? He can be charged for cruelty. Please let me know ! I publicly invite this idiot to ride with me so I may throw him out on Baston Road
and turn about and run over him . I cannot write enough horrible
words to describe such an animal that would do this to poor little
creatures that have not even asked to be born . I certainly hope that this A-hole has no children, for they are probably abused as well. PLEASE someone turn this idiot in , so he can be punished and perhaps save another animal or even his own offspring. DO THE RIGHT THING.

PetsArePeopleToo
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PetsArePeopleToo 06/16/07 - 07:15 am
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Laker , you are so right. I

Laker , you are so right. I just buried 3 baby birds that were brought to me after they lost their home and mother due to tree removal. It is up to people to stop displacing these animals. It is not fair that animals have to pay for our actions.

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The Godfather 06/17/07 - 01:53 am
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A buddy and i were fishing

A buddy and i were fishing several weeks ago and spotted her. it seemed like she was either going to hatch nest or just had . She was somewhat aggressive. you would be too!

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