Gator snatches Yorkie in Port Charlotte

Posted at 10:48 PM, May 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-24 22:48:00-04

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - A woman living at Lakes of Tuscana in Port Charlotte witnessed an alligator come out of the water and snatch her friends two-year-old Yorkie before swimming off.

"My doctor gave me a medication to try to relax because I didn't know what to do," Iara Taylor said.

She hasn't been able to eat or sleep, mud replay the image over and over in her mind.

"Little head and the bandana out of his mouth, but his body was inside his mouth," Iara said.

FWC officials came out and took the gator, promising Iara it would be killed.

"I said bring it here, and I told him, I said if I had a knife I would have stabbed the eye," Iara said.

Iara and her husband Brian want more done because there are still two gators living in the lake. 

"There is kids. There is people, and this can't happen again," Iara said.

The complex has kayaks and beach chairs out by the lake and the couple said sometimes people sit out there and feed the gators.

They feel the complex should do more to stop that, but also want increased security.

"More protection from the lake because there's kids walking by, even myself. Some sort of fence or something," Brian said.

Four in Your Corner's Lisa Greenberg reached out to the Lakes of Tuscana management but it was after hours, so she led left a voicemail.

Management told the couple they would let them out of their lease if they choose, and also said this is the first time any of the gators have attacked.