Unlike some other dogs, Arek doesn’t like the water. So when he disappeared with his toy behind a bush near the water in his backyard, his owner, Chris Leister, knew something was up. It was then that Leister heard a yelp, and Arek limped out from behind the bushes with a deep wound to his leg.
The pup had been bitten by an alligator. Leister rushed to get his truck keys so he could take the seven-year-old Belgian Malinois to the veterinary hospital. On his way back, he looked over by the bushes and saw an alligator that he estimated to be about seven or eight feet long.
Arek got patched up at the vet, and his leg got a thorough washing, since alligator mouths are full of dangerous bacteria. The vet said Arek was lucky to get away, considering the size of the alligator. But Leister knows that Arek must have put up a good fight. Arek is a retired K-9 police dog, and Leister pointed out that they’re trianed to fight through anything. It seems likely that after a few bites from Arek, the gator sulked off to find an easier meal.
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