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- Bello said the gator was just feet away from both her dog as well as children who were in the area.
A pet owner in Tamarac is thankful her furry family member is safe after a close encounter with an alligator inside of a park.
Hirosby Bello said that she took her seven-month-old Husky dog, Nala, to a canal near the boat ramp at Veterans Park on Tuesday for what was supposed to be a refreshing swim – but that’s when she spotted the reptile in the water ready to strike.
"When I see it's an alligator, I just went inside to the lake and got her out," Bello told NBC 6 exclusively.
Bello said the gator was just feet away from both her dog as well as children who were in the area. She said she alerted staff members but is concerned about the safety of animals and humans at the park.
For now, Bello says she will come back to the park – but will keep a closer eye on everything as she’s grateful no one was hurt this time.
"If she dies, I die with her,” Bello said. “That is my life."