Man being a pet parent is different in Florida! You have to worry about big 7-9′ gators jumping out of the water and snatching your dog while on a walk! That’s what happened to Mike McCoy in Holiday, Florida. He was walking with his dog named Jake, an 8-month-old Lab, when an alligator suddenly popped up out of a nearby pond, pulling Jake underwater, according to ABC Action News.
So Mike jumped into the water to fight the alligator.
“I got around, thumbed him the eye, picked him out of the water so he couldn’t get anywhere until he let the dog go. And in the interim, he decided, I don’t have him, I’ll bite you,” McCoy recalled, adding that he had “no hesitation” about taking action to save his pet. Both Mike and Jake needed stitches but neither were seriously injured.
“He’s on the mend,” McCoy said of his pooch. “He’s full of spit and vinegar.”
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission told the outlet that they are working to remove the alligator.