A 2-year-old Australian blue heeler scared off an alligator after his 85-year-old owner slipped on wet grass and lay in her backyard unable to move.
Ruth Gay was walking her dog, Blue, Tuesday night about 50 feet from a canal where three 6- to 12-foot alligators had been spotted earlier.
Gay slipped and lay immobilized for more than an hour. Blue lay alongside her but started growling and scampered off into the darkness, where Gay heard fighting.
When her daughter and son-in-law pulled into the yard, Blue raced to the car and led the couple to Gay.
The 35-pound cattle herding dog sustained numerous puncture and bite wounds. Gay is recovering in a Fort Myers, Fla., hospital from two broken shoulders.