Tiger's owner was taking him for a walk near the Polk County lake when the nearly 6-foot alligator rose from the water and chomped into him.
Tiger was fighting for his life, according to the Lakeland Ledger.His owner even tried to pull his leash to get him out of the alligator's deadly jaws. In the end, the 66-pound dog was freed.
The dog suffered scratches and puncture wounds. Those wounds allowed water to get into his lungs.
For now he's being cared for at the Christina Animal Hospital. Veterinarians said Tiger should make a full recovery, but will have to have frequent doctor visits