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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).

Like one 74-year-old woman who faced down an alligator to save lots of her beloved 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 within the water. But Suzan recalls 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.

Without thinking, the senior woman jumped into action to urge her dog 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 Suzan, 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 recalls.

Both Suzan and Nalu survived the ordeal, but both had puncture wounds that required hospital visits. 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 Suzan 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 within the lake. A spokesperson said their program “proactively address alligator threats.”