Jogger snatches his dog out of alligator’s mouth

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – A man took his dog for a walk 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. Rubin thought the area was far from the gators that prowl the nearby Everglades.

During the 10 a.m. walk, Jasmine ran ahead of Rubin to the edge of a pond on the site. 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.

“I thought she was dead,” Rubin said after the ordeal. “But at that point I wasn’t going to let him have my dog.”

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. Frisbee was not injured in the attack.

“She was very lucky,” he said of Jasmine, “and I was very lucky.”



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AP-NY-05-29-06 2230EDT

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