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Caught on video: Man saves his dog from alligator

Richard Wilbanks said he followed his instincts when he saw his dog being gripped by a gator.

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Surveillance cameras captured the moment a Florida man rushed into a pond to rescue his puppy from the jaws of an alligator.

Richard Wilbanks said he followed his instincts when he saw his dog, Gunner, in the gator's grip.

The entire incident was caught on camera thanks to a partnership between the Florida Wildlife Federation and the fSTOP Foundation.

Wilbanks and Gunner are OK now, but the dog owner told WINK the experience taught him a lesson.

“(Pets are) like children to us, so there was no second thought whatsoever," Wilbanks told the news station. “(Gunner) had one little puncture wound, and … my hands were just chewed up."

Gunner is a little hesitant to go near the water after the incident. Wilbanks said he's now keeping his dog leashed at all times.

“Fortunately, I was in a position that I was able to save Gunner’s life,” Wilbanks said. “I would like to emphasize for people that have pets is to make sure that they keep them away from the edge of the water."