Dog escapes Easter gator attack, recovering at Florida animal hospital

Yorkshire terrier mix receives 58 staples after being dragged into lake

By Peter Burke - Managing Editor

BOCA RATON, Fla. - A west Boca Raton family's dog is recovering after being attacked by an alligator on Easter.

Lilly, a 6-year-old Yorkshire terrier mix, was taken to the Clint Moore Animal Hospital after Sunday's attack.

"When I bent down to pet her, that's when I saw she was all full of blood," Anthony Monti said.

Monti said the gator grabbed Lilly and tried to drag her into a lake near Monti's home, but Lilly was able to escape.

The first bite nearly hit her jugular, and the second bite narrowly missed her femoral artery.

"If that was severed, she would have bled out in five minutes and never made it here to survive," Dr. Lindsay Butzer said.

Monti said Lilly underwent hours of surgery.

"We call her the Easter miracle because the doctor doesn't understand how she is alive," Monti said.

Lilly may need another surgery because of a severe infection that has left the skin around her wound rotting.

Monti believes he knows how the gator got to Lilly.

"You can see how small that is," Monti said, pointing to a hole in the fence in his yard. "You would never think a dog could fit through there. There was a lot of her blood and fur stuck down on the bottom."

Trappers have been in the neighborhood looking to catch the dog-snatching reptile.

Monti created a GoFundMe account to help pay for Lilly's medical bills, which are estimated to be more than $8,000.

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