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Alligator killed after eating dog to be exhibited at museum

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JACKSONVILLE, NC (WFLA) -

The alligator killed for eating a dog in North Carolina will one day appear at a local museum.

Officials said they will put the animal's body on display at the Onslow County Environmental Education Center and Library in North Carolina.

7/25/2013 Related Story: Alligator that allegedly ate dog captured

The facility is still under construction and is expected to open by November or December.

The nearly 12,000 square foot facility will have one central exhibit, a walking trail outside, and an outdoor classroom, said Onslow County spokesperson Lisa Whitman-Grice.

The county hopes the alligator will teach visitors the importance of respecting an animal's boundaries.

"If we see these animals and can learn from them, then that makes it all that more important to care for them," said Whitman-Grice.

The alligator is now at a taxidermy office in Johnston County being stuffed, said Whitman-Grace, a process which could take 10 months to a year.

Jacksonville police shot the gator three times with a high powered rifle, said deputy chief Patrick Traitor of JPD.

NC Wildlife officials determined it was not safe to relocate the alligator.

Officers said it's unfortunate authorities had to shoot the animal, but they felt he posed a risk to citizens.

The alligator attacked an 80 pound Husky at the Mill Creek Green portion of Henderson Green at Henderson Drive and River Street on Tuesday night around dusk. The woman walking the dog wasn't hurt.

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