75-year-old Florida man kicks alligator, saves dog

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EVERGLADES AND FRANCIS S. TAYLOR WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, FLORIDA – MAY 15: An alligator is seen in the Florida Everglades on May 15, 2019 in Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area, Florida. President Donald Trump yesterday announced his support of using $200 million to fund projects aimed at restoring Florida’s Everglades. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — A 75-year-old Florida man says he kicked an alligator in the snout after it attacked his dog.

Buddy Ackerman says the 8-foot (2.44-meter) gator came from a retention pond near his Palm Harbor condominium earlier this week and grabbed the dog while they were out for an early morning walk.

He kicked the gator until it let go of the golden retriever. Neither animal was injured.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Florida wildlife officials came and trapped the gator later that day.

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.

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