Police kill 500-lb. dog-eating gator

By Jeff Tavss, Executive Producer, jtavss@local10.com
Published On: Jul 25 2013 05:41:32 PM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -

Police in North Carolina killed a 500-pound alligator after it killed a dog walking with its owner.

Authorities say the alligator may have mistaken a husky weighing 80-pounds for a duck while walking near a bridge.

Following the incident on Wednesday, police returned to the area and found the alligator, killing it by firing three shots with a high-powered rifle.

The dog was still in the mouth of the gator which measured 12-feet long.

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