74-year-old Florida woman fights off alligator, gets bitten to save dog in Boca Raton

 When she saw her beloved dog in the jaws of a gator, this woman didn't hesitate to jump into action.

Many people will do anything for his or her beloved pets — albeit it means putting themselves in harm’s way. Time and again, we’ve seen stories of everyday pet owners putting themselves in peril if it means saving their friend’s life (and pets do an equivalent for his or her owners).

It's like a 74-year-old woman fighting a crocodile in order to save her beloved hound.retriever. According to the Palm Beach Post, Suzan Marciano, from Boca Raton, Florida, was walking her dog Nalu near a lake on the evening of August 24. After playing fetch, the 2 were enjoying the lake, with the retriever chest-deep in the water. But Susan recollects her “heart dropped” when she saw a dark spot within the water creeping towards her dog.

It was an alligator, quite six feet long, and in a moment it had Nalu in its jaws. The old lady acted quickly without even thinking about it, urging her dog to be free. “I did the sole thing I could do. I decreased on the alligator with all my weight,” she told the Palm Beach Post. The gator released Nalu — but soon turned its attention on Susan, chomping down on her hand. “It was all one big blur. I used to be in such shock. I didn’t feel any pain,” she recollects.

Both Suzan and Nalu survived this ordeal, but both had stab wounds that required medical attention. Suzan received five stitches on her hand, and Nalu underwent a two-hour surgery for wounds on her stomach and thigh. They were also both left “traumatized” by the ordeal, and Susan says she was afraid to travel back to the park for weeks: “I was still seeing the shadow with two eyes looking up from out of the water. That image kept returning to me,” she told the Palm Beach Post.

According to the Post, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission investigated the location in response to the incident but couldn't find any alligators in the lake. A spokesperson said their program “proactively address alligator threats.”