Man shoots to free dog from alligator: "A Hillsborough County man had to open fire to free his dog from the jaws of an alligator.
Tom Martino said he was walking his Jack Russell terrier, named Lizabeth, along the Hillsborough River Thursday when the gator grabbed the dog, dragging her underwater.
Martino started shooting into the water until the alligator released the dog, and he was able to pull Lizabeth out. Martino does have a concealed weapons permit.
He then performed CPR on the dog until it began breathing again. Lizabeth, who has an auto-immune disease that is making it difficult for veterinarians to treat her, is struggling to recover from the alligator bites and lung injuries."