WESLEY CHAPEL, FL – A Wesley Chapel resident says he will not stop until he is able to catch an alligator that allegedly dragged his rescue dog into a body of water and nearly ripped the pup’s leg off.
Trent Tweddale of Wesley Chapel says he was walking with his six-year-old rescue dog, Loki, earlier this week near their Wesley Chapel home when the 13-foot gator attacked.
“The dog had his front paws in the river that swelled after all the rain and the dog was attacked by a gator,”
The former Army staff sergeant reacted by pulling Loki’s collar, leading to a tug of war with the reptile. Tweddale eventually let go and started beating on the gator’s head until it let go of the dog.
Tweddale suffered minor scratches while Loki had to undergo emergency surgery to repair a front leg that was nearly severed.
“When I pulled him back up, the bones were out and it looks like the arm was just hanging by a shred,” said Tweddale. “We’re hoping that he can regain full use of his paws after this.”
FWC has worked with him to set up a trap to catch and remove the gator.
“We love our dog a lot and I’d fight tooth and nail for him.”