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Heartbroken family of Florida senior killed by gator is suing housing village for not removing beast

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The heartbroken family of an 85-year-old woman who was dragged into a pond and killed by a terrifying crocodile has claimed that the owner of the house where the horrific incident took place knew the crocodile was living in the water but did not remove it. He is suing the village. that.

Chilling surveillance footage shows Gloria Serge was near a reservoir behind her home in Fort Pierce, Florida, on February 20, 2023, when a 10-foot-long beast crawled out of the water. He came out and tried to attack her dog first.

Surveillance footage showed the reptile swimming straight towards Serge's dog, then emerging from the water and running up an embankment in pursuit of the animal. The 80-year-old woman was dragged to the ground with the crocodile biting her leg, then she was dragged into the water.

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Bill Serge, the victim's son, announced the lawsuit against Spanish Lakes Fairways at a press conference with his attorneys on Friday.

“A year ago, I received a phone call that any son would dread,” he said, according to CBS12.

“I could never have imagined how my mother spent the last moments of her life. No child should have to bury their mother under such horrific circumstances. This is 100% preventable. It was a tragedy.”

The lawsuit alleges that Wynn Building Corporation, which owns and operates Spanish Lakes Fairways, said the owners knew alligators were lurking in the pond but never removed them or told people they were there. The lawsuit alleges that the company was negligent in that it did not install warning signs to alert people to the situation.

Lawyers with the West Palm Beach law firm Lesser Lesser Lundy & Smith PLLC said the predator was so well known that residents nicknamed it “Henry,” according to CBS12. said.

Attorney Gary Lesser and managing partner Joshua Ferraro also argued that the owners could have prevented the tragedy by enforcing rules regarding feeding wild animals.

The alligator that killed an elderly woman in Florida first tried to attack her dog, state authorities said. (St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office)

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“If Spanish Lakes had taken some common sense and reasonable actions, Gloria would be here today with her five children, 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren,” Lesser said. said.

Lawyers also argue that Gloria Serge was forced to walk her dog by the lake because the area has strict rules against walking animals on the road.

“Spanish Lakes is one of those communities where there are rules that say you can't walk your dog on the streets in the community,” Lesser said.

“In fact, Gloria received a violation and eviction notice for walking her small dog in her front yard.”

WPEC reported that on Friday, crews did not see any signs warning people to be wary of alligators, but they did notice multiple signs telling residents not to walk their dogs on the road. That's what it means.

Fox News Digital reached out to Wynne Building Corporation for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.

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An elderly woman was bitten on the leg by a crocodile and fell to the ground before being dragged into the water. (St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office)

The crocodile was trapped and killed by a nuisance trapper. Serge's dog survived the attack.

Days after the tragedy, the Spanish Lakes Fairways Homeowners Association in St. Lucie removed three more alligators from the neighborhood, but it's unclear if the alligators were removed from the same pond where the woman tragically died. Not so, the Gainesville Sun reported.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said it believes alligator attacks on humans are rare because alligators typically do not attack humans unless provoked. According to the FWC, alligators can become aggressive when in heat or to protect their nests.

Alligators live in all 67 counties in Florida and can be found in nearly all freshwater and brackish waters, and in some cases even saltwater. Although exact numbers are unknown, Florida has a healthy and stable population of about 1.3 million alligators of all sizes, according to the FWC.

According to the FWC, from 1948 to 2022, there were 453 unprovoked biting incidents in Florida, 26 of which resulted in fatalities.

FOX News' Greg Norman and Luis Casiano contributed to this report.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission captured a 10-foot-long alligator. (St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office/LOCAL NEWS X/TMX)

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