13-foot alligator captured and killed in Venice may not have attacked those two dogs

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation tells us today that after tests were performed on that massive alligator, there was no evidence that it had attacked a dog.

While we may never know for sure, this investigation ends with not only the loss of two dogs, but the loss of an alligator that has been living in this area for over 30 years.

"Max has been a part of my family since my father bought a house down here on shamrock drive. He bought the house in 1986.” Alex Pitthan told us.

Max was that 13-foot alligator captured in Shamrock Park last week and later killed.

The hunt to capture him began after two German Shepherds, who were not on leashes, were attacked by a gator in the same swampy area of the park. One dog was never found, and the other one had to be put down because of its injuries.

"He was just doing what gators do and what he's done his whole life… Killing him didn't solve anything. If anything, it made a problem with off balancing the ecosystem because obviously he's the king of the swamp. He's the biggest predator, but he was never aggressive," Pitthan said.

Pitthan tells us that he grew up with this massive animal in his backyard and would appreciate him from a far. Always keeping their distance and respecting the wildlife.

While there is no evidence that this gator was part of the attack, experts say it still is possible.

"Normally they will eat their fill and then put it away somewhere where they know it's at,”

Justin Matthews, of Matthews Wildlife Rescue, said.

Since it had been over a week, the animals could be in another location.

"I was hoping that one day my grandkids could've appreciated him like I’ve appreciated him all these years because alligators live to who knows how long,” Pittham said.

Florida law states that if a captured alligator is more than 4-feet long, they must be killed and not relocated because of potential conflicts in other areas.