A Florida man said he had a brawl with a 13-foot alligator after it attacked his dog and pulled him into the river.
Trent Tweddale said he was out for a walk on his Wesley Chapel farm when a 13-foot alligator came out of the river and grabbed his dog, Loki.
“I grabbed the dog’s collar to try to pull him back and I ended up in a tug-of-war match with this gator and the gator was not letting go,” he said. “So, I let go of the collar and I got about knee-deep into the water and started pounding on the gator’s head until he eventually let go.”
Tweddale suffered only minor scratches but his dog almost had his leg severed.
“When I pulled him back up, the bones were out and it looks like the arm was just hanging by a shred,” Tweddale said. “They put metal plates and screws in and were able to reconstruct it that way. We’re hoping that he can regain full use of his paws after this.”
The farmer has set up a trap with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservative Commission but had no luck in trapping the alligator.