Trent Tweddale, a U.S. Army Veteran, was walking his dog named Loki along a trail on his property in Pasco County, Florida when a 13-foot alligator lunged out of the water and attacked his pooch.
Army Vet Fights Off 13-Foot Gator with Bare Hands as it Pulled His Rescue Pup Underwater…
As the former Staff Sergeant recalled what happened that day, he said the water was up from recent storms and they were walking near the river. All of a sudden, the gator jumped out of the water and bit down onto his dog’s leg and pulled him into the water.
Fight or flight instinct kicked in for Trent as he watched his best friend get pulled to certain death if not rescued. Trent bravely ran into the water and got into a tug-of-war match trying to pull Loki out, but the gator had a firm grip and wasn’t letting go.
The dog was badly damaged at this point and was crying out for help. Trent couldn’t stand to see him like that anymore so he started punching the sharp-toothed reptile in the head. After several blows, the alligator finally let go and swam off. They both got out of the water before any further attacks could happen.
His poor pooch’s leg was just hanging on by threads of flesh, so he rushed him to the closest veterinarian and got emergency surgery to reattach the leg. Luckily, the surgery was successful, the leg appeared to be working properly again, and Loki’s expected to make a full recovery.
Trent said he’s very worried about the safety of his dog so he’s now on the hunt for the alligator. A professional trapper was called to help the veteran remove the animal but didn’t have any bait to lure him out with, so, Trent said he sacrificed one of his chickens to try and catch the gator.