Shocking pet news! Man performs CPR on his dog after alligator attack

You might have seen our story on Saturday, about a 50 lb dog snatched from his yard by an alligator.  This story is just as unbelievable!

File Photo: Florida Alligator

ASSOCIATED PRESS • November 8, 2010

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man shot at an alligator to free his dog from its jaws. Tom Martino said he and his Jack Russell terrier Lizabeth were walking along the Hillsborough River in Tampa on Thursday when the alligator wrestled the 15-pound dog into the water.

Martino started shooting into the water around the alligator to scare it into releasing the 9-year-old dog. He performed CPR on the dog until it coughed up water and started breathing again.

Lizabeth was being treated for alligator bites and lung injuries from being underwater.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission trapper captured the 5- to 6-foot alligator Thursday night.

Martino has a concealed weapons permit.

Commentary: YEAH! We are so happy Tom Martino got his Lizabeth back!  His quick thinking saved his dog. Between warning shots and CPR, he was able to celebrate a happy ending.  Way to go Tom! Healing thoughts to your family for Lizabeth’s full, speedy recovery!

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