Hero Dog Takes Rattlesnake Bites for 7-Year-Old

Hero Dog Takes Rattlesnake Bites for 7-Year-Old

Hero Dog Takes Rattlesnake Bites for 7-Year-Old
Dogs have a reputation for protecting their owners unflinchingly, and last week a two-year-old German shepherd lived up to that reputation by taking three bites from a rattlesnake while defending a seven-year-old girl. According to Donya DeLuca, her young daughter Molly and newly adopted dog, Haus, were playing in her backyard in Tampa, Florida last Wednesday when the two came across the deadly snake. “Molly and Haus were looking for his toys he likes to put outside, when a large rattlesnake appeared,” DeLuca wrote on her Facebook. “Haus stood his ground, protecting my daughter and was bitten three times before the snake slithered away. Molly is fine, just shaken up and upset. Haus is fighting for his life.” The snake was an eastern diamondback, one of the most venomous snakes on the continent. It, along with its western cousin, is also responsible for the highest fatality rate among rattlesnakes in North America. Snake bites are now often treated successfully with antivenom, but children are still especially vulnerable. Experts say that the average eastern diamondback has enough venom stored to kill about 10 adults, depending on its size. That is certainly more than enough to put one German shepherd in grave danger. Read full story: http://www.outdoorhub.com/news/2016/05/17/hero-dog-takes-rattlesnake-bites-7-year-old/