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Alligator attack kills dog in Del Valle neighborhood

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An alligator attack has been reported, killing a dog at a retention pond near homes on Thome Valley Drive in the Berdoll Farms neighborhood in Del Valle, Texas.

The attack was discovered by neighbor Crystal Jaime on Thursday afternoon after she heard a dog in distress, as first reported by KVUE. Jaime was able to call firefighters to the scene.

AFD said when they responded, they were shocked to find three alligators in the pond and later learned that the area is an alligator sanctuary. The pond is marked with a sign that dangerous animals are present, however, there aren’t any barriers that separate the sanctuary from nearby walking paths, basketball courts and a children’s playground.

Gator sightings at this location, which sits nearby Del Valle Elementary, Middle and High School, were reported in 2014, 2015 and 2018. More recently, there was another sighting in 2020 at Lady Bird Lake.

Neighbors in the area voiced safety concerns back in 2018, citing that children play in the area. AFD said that residents will have to work with animal control if they want them moved.

It remains unknown as to where the alligators came from but it is legal to keep alligators in the state of Texas—there are 14 alligator farming permits statewide.


A big announcement from Austonia

Howdy, and happy holidays.

I have some big news for you.

Austonia is now part of 6AM City, a fast-growing network of hyper-local newsletters across the country.

I’m proud to be telling you this, because 6AM City’s mission is very much like Austonia’s — a daily morning update on events, things-to-do and news, with an underlying mission of community building in the cities they serve.

If you’re not already subscribed, 6AM City’s Austin newsletter is called ATXtoday. One of its city editors is Laura Figi, who you’ll remember for her previous great work on Austonia’s newsletter.

I’ve been reading ATXtoday every day since it launched last year.

Starting this week, you’ll receive ATXtoday every morning and I’m confident it will become part of your daily wake up routine. Be sure to add to your contact list (how to do that here).

Meantime let me thank you for your readership and support of Austonia, and convey my wishes for a great holiday season for you and those close to you.

Thank you,

Mark Dewey

Austonia CEO

Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.