One Tough Terrier

One Tough Terrier
Friday, November 5, 2010 - 2:52pm

Lizabeth, a Jack Russell terrier, was on her afternoon walk Thursday on the banks of the Hillsborough River in Tampa, Florida when her owner heard splashing.

"When I looked real close, the gator had her in his mouth," said Tom Martino.

Martino, who has a concealed weapons permit, pulled out his handgun and started shooting at the water around the alligator.

The gator, which measured 6 feet, 4 inches long, wrestled Lizabeth in the water and then let her go.

Using a rod, Martino was able to rescue his dog, then performed CPR on her.

"She coughed up a bunch of water," said Martino, who had never performed CPR on a dog. "I was scared. That's my little baby."

Nine-year-old Lizabeth is in critical but stable condition and is being cared for at the Florida Veterinary Specialists in Tampa.

At around 7 p.m., a trapper contracted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission captured the alligator.

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