LAPLACE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police Troop B Troopers Blake Lemoine and Kipp Fellon stopped to help a stranded motorist on I-10 east near I-55 in Laplace on Friday. While rendering assistance, the motorist told the Troopers about a dog that was in the swamp below the interstate that needed help.
Troopers called Captain Brandon with Cajun Pride Swamp Tours near Laplace.
Captain Brandon and Troopers quickly realized they would not be able to get a boat to the dog because the area was heavily wooded.
Captain Brandon walked more than a half a mile through the swamp to get to the dog. Troopers used a rope ladder and empty ice chest (used as a basket) to hoist the dog to safety.
Troopers say the dog has a severe injury to a front leg and several puncture wounds around his body. The dog was happy to show his affection to all who helped save him. Those who helped rescue the dog have named him "Gator."
Gator was taken to the St. John Animal Shelter where it was determined his injuries were more than they could handle, so he was taken to Furry Friends Animal Hospital on Monday in Harvey, La. There he will receive the medical care he needs and then he will go to Jefferson SPCA located in Elmwood where he can eventually be adopted.
Gator is the proud new owner of a blue collar, to match the LSP uniform.
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It is unknown how the long Gator was trapped in that area of swamp land. It is also unclear how he came to be in that area.
If you witness someone dumping animals on or near the interstate, you are urged to call *LSP (*577) from your cell phone and report that activity. A Trooper will be dispatched to investigate and we will work with our law enforcement partners and SPCA to bring criminal charges against someone accused of animal cruelty.
Donations are being accepted and will go to the Jefferson SPCA for the dog's care. He is a very sweet and lovable dog considering all he has been through. All donations are greatly appreciated to give this boy a second chance at life he deserves.