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Small dog still recovering after apparent gator bite

WPEC

They call her the miracle dog.

Lilly, a six-year-old Yorkie-Terrier mix is being closely watched by staff at Clint Moore Animal Hospital, in West Boca, after apparently being mauled by an alligator.

CBS12's cameras were rolling when Lilly's owners, Anthony and Maria Monti, stopped to check on their dog, on Wednesday.

"Considering what she's been through, she looks pretty good," said Mr. Monti.

On Sunday, Lilly got loose from the Monti's yard and wound up at the retention pond near the Monti's home.

The alligator grabbed the dog, dragging her into the lake.

Somehow, says Mr. Monti, Lilly got away, not once, but twice. She made it back home, in spite of her injuries.

Lilly has two large bites-- one very severe.

The veterinarian, Dr. Lindsay Butzer, said it was one of the worst injuries she's ever seen.

Dr. Butzer said she believes it was a small that bit Lilly.

Butzer said Lilly is doing well overall, and is now receiving a stronger antibiotic to treat the infection.

"We visit her three to four times a day," said Mr. Monti. "We don't want her to think that we abandoned her.

"She's a very big part of the family, and she's always around us," Monti continued. "She follows me around, she's my shadow."

The Monti's have set-up a Gofundme page to help with the mounting vet bills: https://www.gofundme.com/medical-help-for-our-dog-lilly?pc=sms_co_cardshare_a&rcid=e8b9479e433c44cfadbe92cb32eebbbf

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