This Fierce Puppy Battled a Florida Alligator That Came in With Hurricane Irma

This Fierce Puppy Battled a Florida Alligator That Came in With Hurricane Irma

Chloe is an inspiration on three legs.

By Tamara Palmer

Chloe, a six-month-old mixed breed rescue puppy from Merritt Island, Florida, is lucky that she didn't lose more than a leg when she was recently attacked by an alligator near her own backyard.

"Our house backs up to a wildlife sanctuary and since Hurricane Irma, water levels have risen, pushing gators closer to the backyard," Kleinhenz explained on her GoFundMe page, which is close to reaching her goal to cover Chloe's multiple surgeries and other medical bills. "The gator was trying to pull her deeper into swamp and she had grabbed onto a branch with her teeth to stay above water. I couldn't reach her. The alligator released her miraculously and she swam to me. We rushed to Courtenay Animal Hospital where she had surgery to correct her split abdominal wall, broken bones, infection and pulmonary edema."

Luckily, Chloe is doing great on three legs after three surgeries.

"She seems to feel soooo much better without that painful foot," Kleinhenz wrote on her Facebook page (and was spotted by the Sun-Sentinel). "Less than 24 hours after surgery, she was already moving around really well and learning to potty on 3 legs. The hardest thing now is keeping her quiet & still enough to finish healing!"

Credit: Jo Ellen Kleinhenz/GoFundMe

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