Alligator Bites Dog’s Tail Off As Man Wrestles Dog Away from Attack

by Matthew Memrick

In this case, there was no way to soothe the savage beast that went after an alligator on Wednesday.

According to KY3, Mount Pleasant, S.C. resident Bruce Savage rescued his dog, Hanna, from a gator during his morning walk. 

Savage knew the pond had alligators, but when the attack occurred, he lost sight of Hanna.

Savage told the news outlet, “Literally, my whole system shut down. My ears shut down. I couldn’t hear anything, except for myself screaming my dog’s name. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

During the walk, a gator had snuck up behind Hanna and pulled her into the water. Savage heard the commotion and jumped into the water to pull Hanna to safety. He came out primarily unscathed, but Hanna suffered injuries to her backside and lost her tail to the gator.

He said, “My kids asked me, ‘Well, did you look back?’ I was like, ‘Heck no, I didn’t look back!’ I was running as fast as I could to get away.”

Savage reported the alligator to animal control, but officials did not find it.

The owner said he doesn’t think it’s wise to go down that morning walk path anymore, and his terrier won’t go near the water again. 

Alligators Attack S.C. Residents

While most alligators attack pets and other animals are common, attacks on humans are rare. 

In 2019, roughly 4 percent of attacks on humans resulted in death, according to the University of Florida’s “Croc Docs.”

However, unprovoked alligator attacks do happen, and most are preventable. According to “Croc Docs,” most attacks are a single bite and release, while most attacks are over territory or nest defense.

According to USA Today, South Carolina has had some incidents with people walking their dogs. 

In 2020, 58-year-old Cynthia Covert drowned when an alligator pulled her underwater at Kiawah Island, south of Charleston, S.C. The woman was able to escape from the alligator at first.

According to a police report, the alligator grabbed her again and took her under seconds later. 

In 2018, Hilton Head resident Cassandra Cline was killed in an alligator attack while walking her dog. 

In 2016, a 90-year-old woman wandered away from a Charleston-area assisted living facility and was found dead in a pond from alligator-related injuries.