Heroic Dogs Sᴀᴄʀɪꜰɪᴄᴇs Self to Sᴀᴠᴇ Family from Rattlesnake

An American bulldog and her puppy in Lake Wales, Florida risked their lives to defend their family against a rattlesnake. They were ʙɪᴛᴛᴇɴ in the process, but are now resting comfortably and recovering. Unfortunately, a third dog involved did not sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ the snake ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ that took place near the front steps of the dog owner’s home.

Candy Sappington said her dogs, particularly Maisy, began barking furiously at the six-foot-two-inch diamondback rattlesnake as she walked out the front door and down the steps of the front porch. “As I stepped down the first step, she came from behind me and kind of pushed me forward,” Sappington said.

She also said her two puppies also barked constantly, which worried everyone involved. Maisy the dog ran ahead of everyone and ʙɪᴛ the head of the venomous snake. Two puppies Tundra and Chubbs also rushed to help Maisy but were ʙɪᴛᴛᴇɴ by the snake.

Sappington’s 16-year-old son grabbed a .22 caliber rifle and sʜᴏᴛ the snake, but not before it was able to sink its teeth into Chubbs, who was his dog. “Chubs was the ᴀɢɢʀᴇssᴏʀ,” Sappington said.  “He always protected everybody.  He’d done what he had to do to protect me.”

The snake eventually ᴅɪᴇᴅ but their dogs were ɪɴᴊᴜʀᴇᴅ. They were taken to a vet in Winter Haven and Sappington shed tears over the brave Sᴀᴄʀɪꜰɪᴄᴇs of her dogs.

Diamondback venom is a potent hemotoxin that ᴋɪʟʟs red ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ cells and causes tissue ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇ. Bɪᴛᴇs are extremely ᴘᴀɪɴꜰᴜʟ and can be ꜰᴀᴛᴀʟ to humans.

The family had to race to find a vet to carry antivenin to Sᴀᴠᴇ their dogs. Maisy and Tundra were each given a dose of antivenin, which goes for around $700 per vial. But unfortunately, they couldn’t find antivenin in time to Sᴀᴠᴇ Chubbs. The high cost, according to one of the vets at the animal hospital, is why many vets don’t stock the stuff regularly.

According to a report made Friday, the sᴡᴇʟʟɪɴɢ has gone down at the ʙɪᴛᴇ sites of the sᴜʀᴠɪᴠɪɴɢ dogs, but they are still not 100% in the clear just yet.

“All we can do is pray that the other two make it,” said Sappington.  “Everybody says I should feel lucky right now.  I don’t feel too lucky. I would have taken all three ʜɪᴛs if I could.”

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