PALM HARBOR, F.L. (AP) — A 75-year-old Florida man said he kicked an alligator in the snout after it went to attack his dog.
Buddy Ackerman said the 8-foot (2.44-meter) gator came from a retention pond near his Palm Harbor condominium 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.