DEL VALLE, Texas (KXAN) — The Austin Fire Department said three alligators attacked and killed a dog Thursday near a neighborhood in Del Valle.
AFD said it received a call around 1 p.m. about three alligators that killed the dog near Berdoll Farms Park near Ross Road and Pearce Lane along Thome Valley Drive. AFD said the area is a former alligator sanctuary.
AFD said it won’t be following up on the incident, and that residents in the area will have to work with animal control if they want something done.
The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department was in the area Friday morning and said wild alligators live in the retention pond in the park, and a game warden is investigating the death of the dog.
TPWD said it could not confirm that an attack took place.
Alligators have been reported in the same retention pond periodically since 2013. An alligator was also spotted near Longhorn Dam in Lady Bird Lake in July 2020 by kayakers.
TPWD says alligators are native to east and southeast Texas, and the Austin area is at the edge of their range. A representative with TPWD is trying to figure out if they need to remove the alligators from the pond.