Archive for Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Jogger snatches his dog out of alligator’s mouth

May 30, 2006

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— A man took his dog for a run near his Coral Springs home and ended up prying the pooch out of a 7-foot alligator on Monday.

Michael Rubin took Jasmine, a 6-month-old golden retriever, and his other dog, a border collie named Frisbee, on a run at a construction site near his home.

During the run, Jasmine ran ahead of Rubin to the edge of a pond. Then he heard a yelp.

Rubin ran to help his dog and saw her head in the mouth of the alligator. He jumped in the muddy water, which reached his neck, he said, and began beating the beast with his fist.

When that didn't help, he grabbed onto his dog as the gator started to take it underwater.

Rubin yanked at his dog, finally prying her from the gator's mouth. He then rushed her to the Coral Springs Animal Hospital, which confirmed Jasmine was treated for cuts and puncture wounds.

Jasmine was in good condition, but quite sleepy, and was sent home with pain medication, Rubin said.

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