Florida man bitten by alligator after mistaking it for dog, authorities say
PORT, Fla. — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said a man was bitten by an alligator early Tuesday morning after he mistook the animal for a dog. FWC said a trapper later removed a 7’1” alligator from the property.
Deputies were dispatched to the outside area of the Warm Mineral Springs Motel around 12:34 a.m.
The 49-year-old man told authorities he was walking around outside when he saw a dark figure moving along the bushes on the shell path. The man told deputies it looked like a dog with a long leash, so he didn’t move out of the way.