MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade police have released a 9-1-1 call after a South Florida family found their dog had been killed by a North African python in the backyard of their home.
The attack happened August 30th near the Bird Drive recharge area of Miami-Dade County, where other North African pythons, or rock pythons, have been seen.
Listen to the call below.
The 9-1-1 call was short.
Caller: “We have a six foot python in our backyard that just killed our 90 pound dog. Who do we need to call to come and get this?”
Dispatcher: “Do you guys have the snake corralled?”
Caller: “It’s curled around our dog’s neck.”
The python, which was actually 10 feet long, killed the 90-pound Siberian husky name Duke in just minutes from when the animals were discovered.
The snake was killed and was sent to the University of Florida for a necropsy.
Experts say that these types of attacks are indeed rare and that encountering pythons most commonly occurs in communities on the edge of the Everglades in the fall and winter months.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said they conducted a “targeted outreach and canvassing of the nearby residential areas to inform folks about the species.”
State biologists believe a colony of rock pythons is living in the area and breeding. A total of 27 of them have been captured in the area where the husky was killed in the area which is south of Tamiami Trail, east of Krome Avenue, North of Bird and West of SW 137th Avenue.
The FWC said it’s important to remember that wild pythons do not generally attack humans without provocation and attacks on domestic pets are rare. However, adults should supervise small children and pets when outside.