Dog Takes Life-Threatening Snake Bites to Protect His Little 7-Year-Old Human
This, my friends, is how you take one for the team.
A German shepherd by the name of Haus was playing with his 7-year-old human, Molly Deluca, and her grandmother in their backyard when all of a sudden something attacked.
“She saw him jump back, and go forward, and jump back and go forward,” Donya DeLuca, Molly’s mother, told Fox 13. “He was just, kind of, holding his ground.”
They then realized Haus was battling a rattlesnake. He suffered three bites during the encounter.
“Next thing we know is, there’s blood and he was limping and crying,” she said.
“Just based on temperament, he was standing up for my daughter, he was standing between, he didn’t budge,” DeLuca said. “He kept taking hits, she was on the other side of him, and so was my mom.”
The family brought him to an animal hospital, but his condition was dire.
Mashable reports that Haus is currently being treated at BluePearl Vet Hospital in the intensive care unit and that his condition was “touch and go.”
Because of how many times he was bit, the cost of his care is astronomical. According to his Go Fund Me page, Haus is on a low-protein anti-venom that cost $618 per vial – of which he needs four to five per day.
It also says he may need surgery to clean his wound, as well as a skin graft, but that remains to be seen.
Despite the cost though, the family is desperate to save him. Of a $28,000 goal, they’ve now raised nearly $40,000 (as of press time). The extra money will go to a German shepherd rescue.
“Your generosity astounds me,” the family wrote on Go Fund Me. “We honestly don’t know the total cost of Haus’s continued care. It keeps rising – but guess what?!?! (sic) That’s because they keep suggesting he will survive!!!”
We’re pulling for you Haus.