FL Woman Wrestles 7.5 Foot Gator To Save Dog


A woman in Inverness, Florida, put her life in danger to save the life of her dog, Hope, who was eyed as the next meal for a seven foot gator at Point O’ Woods Golf Course.

Lori Beiswenger owns the course with her husband, and she didn’t notice what was going on until she heard the screams of her dog as she was planting trees in the nine-hole. Looking back, though, she realizes it was a move she likely shouldn’t of made.

“It was the dumbest, bravest thing I have ever done, but I wasn’t going to let her go,” Beiswenger told Bay News 9.

After hearing her dogs screams and seeing her dog being taken into a nearby pond by the gator, Beiswenger proceeded into the water and began pulling on the gator’s tail. Once the gator noticed her actions, though, it started to move towards h er.

Jodie Daniels, a golf course volunteer who happened to be nearby at the time of the incident, heard Beiswenger call for help and grabbed a shovel which she used to help free the dog.

“It was quite a shock to pull the dog up and the gator is still attached to the dog,” Daniels told local ABC affiliate WFTS.

Daniels was also able to stop the gator from pursuing Beiswenger by striking it with the shovel. The gator was later taken away the next day by an animal control company.

The gator was later killed and sold to a local restaurant for meat.

(Main feature photo courtesy of WTSP)

Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.