Distraught man, 36, kills himself only one day after his beloved service dog was killed by an alligator in Florida
- Andrew Epp & # 39; s chocolate lab, Java, was killed and killed by an alligator in Palmetto, Florida on Friday, May 17
- Less than 24 hours later, Epp took his own life after being held desperate by the incident
- His family claims that they have begun & # 39; local medical centers in the hours before his suicide & # 39; to acknowledge him for treatment, but were rejected
- Warning signs and a gatortrapper have now been set up in the area where Java was torn apart by the reptile
A distraught man took his own life just one day after his beloved servant dog was killed by an alligator.
Andrew Epp, 36, was found dead last Saturday, less than 24 hours after his chocolate-colored laboratory, Java, was put to death by the reptile at Dog Leg Park in Palmetto, Florida.
Epp, who suffered from mental health problems, was outside of Java on Friday, May 17 with a fenced section of the park, before the puppy let go of his line.
The dog reportedly ran to a swamp area nearby and the fatal encounter with the alligator followed.
One witness claimed that she saw Java covered in blood and soon fell on Epp's shoulder.
& # 39; I can't imagine the fear that guy had, & # 39; she said The Epoch Times.
Andrew Epp (photo) was found dead last Saturday, less than 24 hours after his chocolate-colored laboratory, Java, was killed by an alligator in Dog Leg Park in Palmetto
Java (photo) was allegedly released from his belt and wandered into a swampy area where he was torn apart by the reptile
According to locals, three other dogs have been killed by alligators in the park in the last five years.
Epp, who lived with his mother, was so distraught by the dog's death that his family begged & # 39; local health facilities to give him & # 39; & # 39; for treatment in the following hours, according to a GoFundMe page.
They were allegedly & # 39; rejected and told that since Epp did not say he wanted to hurt himself, the earliest time he could even see a doctor was August 2019.
Epp committed suicide a short time later.
One witness claimed that she saw Java covered in blood and soon fell on Epp's shoulder
& # 39; It was just that & # 39; n sad situation, he couldn't handle it & # 39 ;, one of his neighbors told WFLA.
He is remembered as a & # 39; beautiful, gentle soul & # 39; who & # 39; loved the great outdoors, fishing, camping, gardening, and animals & # 39 ;.
The GoFundMe page is set to support Epp's mother. who now has to move in with one of her children. It has raised more than $ 4680.
The page does not state how long Epp had owned his beloved dog.
Meanwhile, the alligator who killed Java has not been caught by the local authorities.
However, officials have tried to combat further tragedies by installing warning signs and a gatortrapper around the park.
The incident happened at Dog Leg Park in Palmetto (photo)
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