A Florida man got into “a tug-of-war match” with an alligator that grabbed his dog and pulled it into the river this week. Trent Tweddale was walking 6-year-old Loki on their farm in Wesley Chapel, Pasco County, on Monday morning when the rescue pup “had his front paws in the river” and a nearly 13-foot-long gator attacked. Tweddale, a former Army staff sergeant, jumped into action. “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.” While Tweddale got away with only minor scratches, Loki’s front leg was nearly severed and he needed emergency surgery. Now, Tweddale is so determined to catch the offending reptile that he set a trap with the help of the Florida Fish and Wildlife service.
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