A Bluffton couple's dog is recovering after it was attacked by an alligator Tuesday.
Emily Brunson and Hunter Kreisel's dog Benji, a 1-year-old rescue from Palmetto Animal League, was bitten on his leg by a seven-foot alligator after the dog jumped into a drainage pond behind their Mill Creek home, Kreisel said Thursday.
Benji was chasing a Frisbee that Kreisel and his younger brother were tossing in the backyard when he decided to jump into the pond to cool off on the hot afternoon, Kreisel said. Benji usually never enters the pond, but after running around for about 20 minutes outside, he was likely dehydrated, Kreisel said.
Kreisel and his brother saw a splash and quickly realized it was an alligator. They screamed for Benji to get out of the pond, but it was too late. The dog was already wrenching his front leg out of the alligator's mouth.
Benji also avoided a smaller alligator in the water that tried to bite him near his ribcage, Kreisel said.
When he returned to Kreisel and his brother, he was bleeding severely from his front left leg. The blood stretched from the top of his leg to his paw, Kreisel said.
Kriesel and his girlfriend, Emily Brunson, quickly put Benji in the shower to wash off his wound. They took him to Banfield Animal Hospital inside PetSmart for treatment. The gash didn't require stitches. Benji's leg was bandaged so much it resembled a small cast, Kreisel said.
Benji was still recovering Thursday, given antibiotics and pain medicine, but was in good spirits.
"He's as happy as all can be," Kreisel said.
However, the alligator that bit Benji has not left. Kreisel said it has sat on the pond's bank since the incident.
Benji has no intention of getting close to the pond again and has been growling and barking at the water.
"He doesn't want anyone or anything getting close to the pond," Kreisel said.
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