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Woman Killed by Alligator in South Carolina Was Trying to Protect Dog
Officials said the woman killed by an alligator in South Carolina on Aug. 20 was trying to protect her dog from the gator. In a statement on Aug. 20, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said it received a call at around 9:30 a.m. that someone was attacked by an alligator near the Sea Pines Plantation, a resort community on Hilton Head Island. Deputies then saw a body in a nearby lagoon. “When they arrived, fire personnel located the deceased woman inside of the lagoon and recovered her body, while deputies interviewed witnesses. Witness accounts indicate that the woman—who will be identified after her next of kin are notified—was walking her dog near the lagoon when she was attacked and pulled underwater by the alligator,” the sheriff’s office stated. The woman was identified as Cassandra Cline, 45. She was walking her pet border collie not far from her home on the island when the gator appeared. Officials stated that the Sheriff’s Office Environmental Crimes Unit, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and Sea Pines Security were searching for the alligator. The gator, estimated at about eight feet in length, was captured by 11 a.m. local time and was killed, David Lucas, a spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, confirmed.