MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Lee McDougal saved his Golden Retriever from an alligator attack.
WOFL reports that the alligator attacked the dog when McDougal was out walking her.
“With all the rain the swamp area filled up a little more, she decided to jump in on the swamp side, instead of the lagoon side, and the gator didn’t want to share it with her,” McDougal explained to the station. “I reached down to grab her and grabbed the gator and just jerked him up, and when I did, I seen a big head and she went back that way and as soon as I seen her go back, I let the gator go and then I was stuck in the mud, so I pushed her up on the bank and crawled up myself and got out of there.”
McDougal and her 4-year-old dog, Wilowe, both walked home before heading to the veterinarian.
Wilowe received over 25 stitches and is recovering from her deep puncture wounds.
McDougal was asked if he ever hesitated to save his dog. “I really didn’t think anything,” he explained to WOFL. “It’s like anything you love, you don’t want to be hurt. It was no thought process other than, ‘Oh no no no!’”
McDougal has lived in Florida his whole life and knows wildlife is just a part of living in the area. “They’re around! It’s their environment, you’re just visiting,” he said.
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