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Haus, the 2-year-old German Shepherd Dog who stood between a venomous rattlesnake and his 7-year-old owner, Molly, has returned to his Tampa home after spending a week in an emergency clinic.

Haus’s condition was touch-and-go due to the amount of venom in his blood after being bitten by the snake an estimated three times. But thanks to the dedicated care of veterinarians at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners and a crowd-funding effort through GoFundMe, which paid for the many bottles of antivenin needed to treat him, he now has a good long-term prognosis.

“This is why I do my job,” said Dr. Danielle Pollio, one of the veterinarians who treated Haus.

Donya DeLuca, Haus’s owner and Molly’s mother, remains grateful to Haus for his brave act. “He was protecting my child,” she said.

The Go Fund Me account raised more than $50,000, well over the $28,000 goal, before the page organizer urged people to instead donate to a German Shepherd rescue, where the funds not used for Haus's care will be donated.

Get tips on protecting dogs from snakes here.

The staff at BluePearl Veterinary Partners signed and decorated Haus’ e-collar
before discharging him on Thursday. (Courtesy Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners)
Haus at a news conference before being released.
(Courtesy Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners)

 

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