In La Verne, California, one dog is alive thanks to the help of an awesome police officer. The policeman saved a Labrador who had been bitten by a rattlesnake!
On Monday, Jacquelyn Munet saw a rattlesnake coiled up in the backyard. The worried owner tried her best and used a treat to entice Bailey, her 11-year-old Labrador, to stay away from it. Unfortunately, Bailey’s curiosity got the best of her.
The poisonous snake attacked and bit Bailey directly in the face.
“She just yelped and backed up as soon as possible and she ran straight inside,” Munet said.
Munet immediately called 911 and La Verne officers Chris Dransfeldt and Greg Rodriguez arrived within minutes to help. Munet didn’t have a car and her mom was at work.
When Dransfeldt saw Bailey’s eye already beginning to swell up, he loaded her into his cruiser and drove her to the nearest animal hospital.
“I knew I had to do something and I was the only means to get that dog to the vet fast,” he said.
But there is bad news. The veterinarian’s office they first went to had no anti-venom available so they drove off again to another veterinarian two cities away.
Fortunately Bailey arrived there in time for treatment. Now, the chocolate Labrador is recovering after just an overnight stay in hospital.
The family said rattlesnakes are common in their area, especially this time of year, and their home is against a hillside. They said they normally vaccinate Bailey every April.
“We haven’t scheduled the appointment yet so it had been a full year,” said Sylvia Hernandez, Munet’s mother. “So we’re just grateful that the officer got Bailey there in time.”
But it seems that Bailey hasn’t learned her lesson yet.
“When we brought her home the first thing she did was she came back to the exact same spot where the snake was, kind of like, ‘Let me have my chance’,” Hernandez said.
Awww. Keep safe, Bailey!