Dog saves owner from venomous snake bite

Dog saves owner from venomous snake bite (Image 1)
Dog saves owner from venomous snake bite (Image 1)

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A dog trained to sniff out ordnance for the Army in the Middle East has saved the life of his new owner by distracting a snake.

According to The Leaf-Chronicle, 70-year-old Darrell Layne was walking on a friend's farm in Montgomery County when he noticed a venomous copperhead at his feet.

Layne was walking July 14 with his dog – a black Labrador retriever named Onex.

Layne said Onex saw the snake and crouched down, growling at it.  The snake's attention diverted, Layne picked up a fence post and killed the 18-inch-long reptile, but it had struck the dog twice in the face.

A veterinarian treated Onex with antivenin and saved the dog's life.

Layne said people should care for their pets like they would their best friend.

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