"This tragedy is heartbreaking for everyone involved", Klepper said.
Trina Gonzalez, who lives in Davie, told the Sun Sentinel that the area is risky.
- Police in Davie, Florida say they are searching for a woman who may have been attacked by an alligator. Two days before Matsuki was killed by an alligator about eight miles south of the neighborhood in a Davie park, one of her neighbors spotted a different gator (photographed above) on her porch.
The likelihood of a Florida resident being seriously injured during an unprovoked alligator attack is about 1 in 3.2 million, the commission said on its website.
Davie police Detective Vivian Gallinal said a man saw Matsuki walking her dogs in the park.More news: Genetic test could mean many women with breast cancer forgo chemotherapy
Jim Borelli, a friend of the woman presumed missing, said she and her husband have walked their dogs in the park previously. She had been seen out walking her dogs, when a resident reported that they later saw the dogs alone, refusing to leave the area near the lake. "When I sit in the pavilion, I tell people there's a gator they say, "OK, this is Florida", Gomez said. Now, hours later, park rangers have reportedly captured the animal, according to Sun Sentinel.
Heather Porrata, who lives nearby, said that every Floridian knows to be on the lookout for gators near ponds, lakes, and streams. Between 1948 to 2017, there have been a documented 401 cases of alligators biting humans in Florida, and only 24 fatalities (there have also been fatal alligator attacks on humans in SC and Texas).
Police fear it was a huge alligator that dragged a woman into a lake.
The dogs are now in the care of animal control. While they are common today, over-hunting nearly drove American alligators to extinction in the 1950's.
Seemingly calm in its restricted state, the gator made a decision to fight back one last time once it felt its body leave the ground and reach the truck's bed.
In June, 2016, a Nebraska boy whose family was visiting the Walt Disney World Resort was snatched by an alligator and pulled into a lake at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.