Florida Man Fights Alligator To Rescue Pet Dog From Its Jaws

A Florida man saved his pet dog from being an alligator's next meal by diving into water and wrestling his pooch free from the beast.

Mike McCoy had been walking his 8-month-old chocolate Labrador Jake near Paul R. Middle School, in Holiday, on Tuesday, when the attack happened.

While walking near a pond, McCoy said a gator launched itself out of the water and dragged Jake back down under the surface.

McCoy told ABC Action News: "He was in a death roll with that old gator."

Moments later, McCoy leaped in to save his beloved pooch and wrestled with the alligator that had Jake clenched between its jaws.

Thankfully, McCoy won out against the gator and managed to rescue Jake. Both came out of the water and only needed stitches for their small injuries.

The school's nurse even helped to treat McCoy's injuries, wrapping bandages around his wounds, according to ABC Action News.

He later told the outlet: "I previously read up on my environment and gators. I got around, thumbed him in 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 later added: "No hesitation. It's just the way it is."

Teacher Kellie Mallon saw the struggle between McCoy and the gator as she looked out of the window from the middle school's second floor.

She told ABC Action News: "It was kind of like a snake darting really fast. It was super fast."

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) told the outlet the gator was likely between 7 and 9 feet long and that their team was working alongside a trapper to take it out of the pond.

It added people should remain vigilant near water, especially during hotter months, even if gator attacks are relatively rare.

In 2019, a similar attack happened when a man jumped into a canal, outside his home in Nokomis, to save his pet Labrador from an alligator.

Luckily, both the Labrador and its heroic owner were not seriously injured in the attack and pulled through without major complications.

At the time, Lieutenant Rob Gerkin of the FWC told WWSB in an interview that was streamed on Facebook Live: "We got a happy ending with this one, it is a good ending. They don't always happen that way."

Newsweek has contacted the FWC for comment.

The alligator pulled Jake into the water
Stock image of an alligator. An alligator pulled a dog called Jake into the water during an attack. Cindy Larson/Getty