Alligator rips leg off man after mistaking it for a dog

A man lost part of his leg Tuesday after being attacked by an alligator

A man lost part of his leg after being attacked by an alligator on Tuesday (Image: Google Maps/Getty Images)

A man lost part of his leg when he was bitten by an alligator outside a Florida motel Tuesday morning after he reportedly mistook the reptile for a dog, authorities said.

The alligator attacked the man around 12:30 a.m. at the Warm Mineral Springs Motel in North Port after the man approached the animal while walking alone on a dark trail.

“He stated that the figure looked like a dog with a long leash, so he didn’t hesitate to move out of the way,” a spokesman for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said.

The alligator then bit his right leg, ripping off much of his muscle tissue, according to the sheriff’s office.

An officer who was in the area on a separate call was able to get the man help. Paramedics took him to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries, but his current condition was not disclosed.

Another officer was able to catch the animal before an experienced trapper arrived at the scene to remove the alligator from the area.

Last week, a Florida man who was searching for frisbees in a lake died after being attacked by an alligator.

The 47-year-old man was found dead in the water at a disc golf course in Largo, Fla., where “Danger” signs warned people of alligators in the water.

Authorities are not checking if an alligator is in the lake to determine if it was involved in the death. If confirmed, it will be the first fatal alligator attack in the state since 2019.

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Justin Scacco

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