Pitbulls Save Kids From Venomous Snake in Southwest Florida

When a venomous snake slithered into a yard where two young children were playing in Southwest Florida, the family dogs came to the rescue. Those dogs, however, paid the price.

One of the heroes is a pit bull named Slayer and he really lived up to his name. Slayer and his partner Paco killed the snake in the yard where the family’s young grandchildren were playing in Hillsborough County.

Both dogs were bitten by the copperhead during the ordeal. Slayer and Paco were rushed to an emergency clinic with severe reactions. They were given anti-venom.

Slayer was bitten twice in the face and was still recovering at a veterinary hospital. Paco was bitten in the elbow and already returned home.

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“They don’t ask for anything. All they want is your love, so it’s very hard to see them in need, and not be able to do a whole lot for them,” said Melissa Butt, the kids’ grandmother.

The organization Frankie’s Friends has started a fundraising site to help the family pay for emergency care costs.

Copperhead snakes are rarely found in Florida.