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Dog Fights Gator, Saves Woman and Wins Award

April 04, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A dog who fought an alligator to protect an elderly woman was honored for his loyalty with a "dog hero of the year" award.

Two-year-old Blue, an Australian blue heeler from LaBelle, saved Ruth Gay, said the organizers of the annual Heinz Pet Products award.

Gay, 85, was taking the dog for an evening walk along a canal in July when she slipped and fell.

An alligator then climbed out of a nearby canal. Blue fended off the reptile despite suffering numerous puncture wounds. When Gay's daughter and son-in-law arrived home about an hour later, Blue led them to where Gay was.

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