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Owner Walking 14-Pound Dog Greeted By 8-Foot-Long Python in Garage

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An average morning dog walk got scary for a  Pembroke Pines, Florida, man when he and his dog were confronted with an 8-foot-long python who showed up in their garage.

“I didn’t have a heart attack,” Joseph Liscinsky told the Sun Sentinel, who reported the story. “But my adrenaline kicked in and my heart started pounding. I was stunned because I was a foot away from it.”

It happened on Friday as the 60-year-old was taking his 14-pound pup outside. Liscinsky responded to the surprise visitor by maneuvering the snake into a pillow case with just a mop – an act that obviously impressed many in the area of Pembroke Pines and beyond.

“My neighbors were shooting video while I was trying to wrestle the snake,” he told the Sentinel. “They all enjoyed it. My phone wouldn’t stop ringing. They put it on the news.”

“The frozen food guy recognized me and said, ‘Hey snake man,’ ” Liscinsky added.

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Liscinsky was bitten during the altercation but he told WPLG news that he’s just glad his dog, named Midnight, was unharmed.

“That thing would’ve wrapped this dog up, broke its bones and ate him,” he said.

Wildlife officials safely retrieved the snake from Liscinsky, the Sentinel said.