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Man dives in to save dog from Fla. shark attack
The Fla. man punches 5-foot shark until it lets go of his rat terrier Jake.
NBC News and news services
updated 2:02 p.m. CT, Tues., Sept. 30, 2008
ISLAMORADA, Fla. - A dog is recovering after a Florida Keys carpenter dove in to save his pet from a shark.
Greg LeNoir said he took his 14-pound rat terrier Jake for a daily swim at a marina last Friday.
The five-foot shark suddenly surfaced and grabbed nearly the entire dog in its mouth.
LeNoir said he yelled, then balled up his fists and dove headfirst into the water off a pier. He hit the shark in the back and the creature finally let go of the dog.
"I couldn't see the shark when I dived in ... so I just put my fist together ... but my hands landed solidly against the back of the shark," LeNoir told NBC-affiliate WTVJ.
Man and dog made it safely back to shore. The dog suffered bite wounds but was not critically injured.
"I thought Jake deserved whatever I could do," LeNoir said of his heroism.
LeNoir told NBC 6 that Jake "can't stand swimming pools," but that he might have to change Jake’s swimming hole.
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