Alligator kills South Carolina woman walking dog

August 21, 2018

Alligator kills South Carolina woman walking dog

HILTON HEAD, South Carolina — A woman attempting to protect her dog from an alligator attack near a lagoon Monday ended up being pulled into the water herself and killed, reports say.

The 8-foot-alligator was captured and euthanized, Capt. Robert McCullough of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources tells the Post and Courier.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says Cassandra Cline, 45, was walking her dog along a lagoon in an area known as Sea Pines.

Edward Allen, Beaufort County coroner, tells WSAV Channel 3 that the dog got too close to the lagoon and the alligator attacked.

Cline tried to save her dog and the alligator turned on her. It grabbed the dog’s leash and dragged her an estimated 14 feet into the water.

The dog escaped unharmed.

Authorities say Cline was alive when she was removed from the lagoon but died at the scene, ABC News reports.

WSAV reports this is the second fatal alligator attack in South Carolina, the first occurring in 2016 in Charleston.

“It’s a very rare occurrence and one we hope we will not witness again,” Allen tells WSAV.

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