North Carolina alligator that ate 80lb dog to go on display

Posted at 3:27 PM, Aug 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-03 15:27:01-04

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — A 12-foot alligator that was shot and killed by Jacksonville police after eating an 80-pound Husky is being prepared for exhibit.

WNCT reported that a taxidermist is keeping the dead alligator in a freezer at 10 degrees to prepare to be stuffed.

The alligator will eventually be displayed at the Onslow County Environmental Education Center and Library in Sneads Ferry, which is still under construction.

Taxidermist Jim Williams said he will skin the hide next week and then soak it in a preservative chemical and attach it to a mold. The process can take up to six months.

Jacksonville city officials said a woman was walking her Husky at dusk last month when it ran to the edge of the water.

Officials said the 700-pound alligator attacked and took the dog, which was not wearing a leash.

Jacksonville Police shot the alligator due to its aggressive behavior, officials said. The animal then went underwater and was confirmed dead after resurfacing.

Authorities said the alligator may have mistaken the dog for a large duck, which frequent the area due to residents feeding them.

Read more: WNCT