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Stephany Pineda was home with her husband Will Ubario in Flordia when she let the dog go outside to use the potty in the fenced-in backyard and it got attacked by an alligator.
She spoke to local news organization 7 News Miami and told them that she heard her mother screaming outside and ran out of the home to see what the matter was.
To her astonishment, she saw her French bulldog’s head was in the mouth of an alligator that was on the other side of the fence. See, there was a body of water extremely close to the fence and the dog had crawled under part of the fence, and was halfway on one side and halfway on the other.
Stephany didn’t think twice and ran directly over there screaming and pulling on her dog’s body until the alligator eventually let go.
“She was being dragged by a gator,” Pineda told WTVJ. “I started screaming like crazy, ‘It’s killing her!’ I can’t remember — like, everything went silent in my head, and I grabbed her. But I screamed so loud, and my mom was screaming so loud that he let go.”
“All I heard from her was, ‘The gator, the baby, the dog,’” Will Ubario told 7 News Miami. “So I freaked out, and when I got there, she told me, ‘I saved the dog. I took the dog out of the gator’s mouth.’”
According to Will, his wife saved both of their dogs because they also have another second French bulldog that was near the gator barking at it. Stephany also grabbed him and him back to safety.
After inspecting the fence, they realized a heavy rain that occurred in the last few days washed away dirt that was under their fence, causing a large opening for the alligator to crawl through and snatch up their beloved pet.
Animal control arrived on the scene with a trapper and they caught the alligator using a machine that mimics the sound of a barking dog. Authorities say that they spotted another alligator in the area and plan to have it removed as well.
The caught alligator was a massive seven-and-a-half-foot gator that was certainly way bitter than Stephany’s bulldogs. The gator was transported to a wildlife sanctuary where it will live until further decisions are made on where the gator can live out the rest of its life without the risk of it attacking a human.
Stephany said her dog received medical treatment for the teeth mark cuts on her head but is doing OK and is expected to make a full recovery.