Runaway pooch stuck in swampy area near McGregor Boulevard rescued by Lee County deputy
A Lee County Sheriff's Office deputy braved gator-infested waters near a McGregor Boulevard community to rescue a dog that had become stuck in the swampy ground.
Deputy Allen Reddick responded to a call for service at the LaCaya Estates gated community off McGregor on Tuesday.
When he arrived he was told about a resident's redtick coonhound, Henna, that had run off after something and had become mired in a swampy mangrove area nearby. The breed, also known as the American English coonhound, has a high prey drive and is know for its speed and endurance, according to its breed standard.
Reddick, 39 and a 13-year veteran of the sheriff's office, waded into the mucky area, traversing two deeper ponds, until he managed to get hold of Henna and brought her to solid ground.
The deputy said he spotted at least one smaller gator during his swampy rescue effort.
Henna was no worse for the experience and was reunited with her owners.