Owner of Lab heartbroken after alligator exploded out of water and snatched dog

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A Florida man is heartbroken after his 40-pound black Labrador retriever had been wading in some shallow water near J.R. Alford Greenway Trail off of Buck Lake Road in Tallahassee for a game of fetch when he was attacked and killed by an alligator last week.

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Josh Wells had been playing a game of fetch with his Lab, Toby, who had been standing elbow deep in the drainage area feeding into Pitney Z. Lake. It has just finished raining, and it was hot and muggy when “boom” an alligator exploded out of the water and snatched the dog. Toby never even barked and never saw it.

Boom, the water just sort of exploded… He never barked. He never saw it… it took him down like it was nothing.

Josh Wells to news reporter

Wells tried to grab the gator to save his dog, but when he saw how big the gator was, decided against it. Authorities were alerted and searched for the gator and later two gators were found. One gator was 6-foot, 6-inches and the other one, who ate Toby was 9-feet, 2-inches, was euthanized. Florida’s Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program were able to retrieve Toby’s remains and returned them to Wells so he could properly bury his beloved dog who he had adopted for his son last year.

Alligator attacks are rare, but people have to be on the alert. There are about 1.3 million alligators in Florida and are the most active in Spring and Summer. Contact the hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR if help is needed.

Rest in peace Toby.

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1 reply
  1. tamara beinlich says:

    We see this happen all the time in Florida. I am sorry his dog lost it’s life but it was his responsibility to keep his dog safe. It is not safe to walk dogs near bodies of water in Florida. I have 2 lovely ponds in my neighborhood but we have copperheads and cotton mouths and rattlers and not once have I ever thought of taking any of my dogs to swim or walk near them.


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