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Alligator Kills Dog in South Florida

An alligator swims in a canal in Coopertown, the Everglades, Fla., Thursday, July 29, 2010.

An alligator swims in a canal in Coopertown, the Everglades, Fla., Thursday, July 29, 2010.  (AP)

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- State wildlife officials say an alligator attacked and killed dog at PGA National Resort in South Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 80-pound dog was near a lake Thursday morning when the 8-foot alligator attacked. It wasn't immediately clear if the dog was on a leash.

FWC says the alligator has already been removed by a trapper and euthanized.

FWC warns that Florida residents and visitors should always assume that there may be an alligator near a body of water. Alligators are especially active this time of year, as they search for mates and food.