David Quarterman punched an alligator in the eye after it took his dog in its jaws
A Georgia man insists he’s more animal lover than alligator wrestler, but when it comes to keeping his dogs safe, David Quarterman is ready to fight anybody or anything — even a 9-foot-long gator.
On Sept. 21, Quarterman, who’s 5’5” and weighs 150 pounds, sprang into action and punched a giant alligator in the eye after the animal grabbed Sheba, his 70-pound Labrador retriever.
It was a rescue of cinematic proportions in a creek near Savannah, Georgia.
“When that gator raised up out of the water with my dog in his mouth, he looked like something out of a Hollywood horror movie,” the 58-year-old building contractor told PEOPLE. “My dogs are like my children and I’d do anything to protect them.”
Every morning just before dawn, Quarterman takes Sheba and his other dogs – Cush and Cody – to play fetch at a recreational area near his home. The day of the alligator attack started off normal for Quarterman and his dogs: he tossed the ball and they retrieved it, over and over again.
“I wore ’em out and they were hot so they ran to the water to cool off,” he said of his pets.