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Old 07-23-2004, 09:14 AM
blue_steel2 blue_steel2 is offline
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Alligator bites off landscaper's arm

LCOs in Florida deserve hazardous duty pay....

Alligator bites off Florida woman's arm
Thursday, July 22, 2004 Posted: 9:07 AM EDT (1307 GMT)

SANIBEL, Florida (AP) -- A 12-foot alligator attacked a landscaper Wednesday behind an island home, dragging her into a pond before a neighbor and police officers yanked the woman from the animal's jaws.

"It was kind of a tug-of-war," said the neighbor, Jim Anholt.

Part of Janie Melsek's right arm had to be amputated later during six hours of surgery. She also was severely bitten on her buttocks and thighs, but doctors believe she will walk again, her family said. She remained in critical condition.

Melsek, 54, was trimming a tree when the alligator attacked. "The lady was in the pond and the alligator had hold of her and just her face was showing," Anholt told The News-Press of Fort Myers.

He rushed to help, holding Melsek's neck to help keep her head above water, and three Sanibel police officers tried to get her out of the water.

Rescuers struggled for about five minutes to pull her from the pond. When she came free, medical workers began treating her on the shore.

Police shot the alligator in the head, killing it. It took six men to lift the 12-foot, 3-inch animal to shore.

The body was being sent to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which will perform a necropsy.
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Old 07-23-2004, 10:20 AM
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That is why I dont live in Florida.

One of my buddies is from Orlando and last 4th of july we went down there with my two month old lab. While my lab was playing in the water in the lake behind his house, I looked up and saw a "log" swimming slowly towards me dog. And that is the lake we skied in too.
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Old 07-23-2004, 01:23 PM
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Very good looking lady too.
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Old 07-23-2004, 01:49 PM
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she died.

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Old 07-23-2004, 02:36 PM
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Thats really sad
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Old 07-23-2004, 02:38 PM
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Seems she died from infection setting in. It's a shame after the valiant fight she put up to get away from that gator.
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Old 07-23-2004, 06:31 PM
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Thats a very said story I wish her family the best.
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