A Florida man thought a 7-foot alligator was dog on long leash. Then, the gator bit his leg.

A Florida man was bitten by an alligator he thought was a dog while outside of a motel Tuesday morning, reports say. 

The man was walking outside at Warm Mineral Springs Motel in North Port when he saw a dark figure moving along the bushes, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office told WFLA

He thought it was a dog on a long leash and didn't move out the way, then the alligator bit his leg and ripped out a piece of his muscle tissue. 

According to WWSB, the man found a deputy responding to a nearby call who called emergency personnel to take the man to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

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In a statement viewed by NBC News, the Sarasota County Sheriff's spokesman Douglas Johnson said a sheriff's sergeant caught the gator and held it for a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission trapper. 

The FWC told NBC News the 7-foot-1 alligator was transferred alive to Townsend Farms and the man "was released from the hospital and expected to make a full recovery." 

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