Rattlesnake relocated after Palm City dog bitten

Rattlesnake relocated after Palm City dog bitten

PALM CITY, Fla. -- A large rattlesnake was captured and relocated after the snake bit a homeowner's dog in Martin County.

Martin County Sheriff's Office Animal Services responded to a call at Highland's Preserve regarding the snake bite.

The snake was near the homeowner's pool area, attempting to hide in bushes.

MCSO says the snake had just killed a small rabbit prior to attacking the dog.

Animal Services Officer Kneubehl captured the snake and removed it from the area.

MCSO says the snake was relocated to a large preserve.

The dog was bitten in the face and was rushed to a local pet emergency clinic, then transferred to another clinic in Palm Beach County where anti-venom was available.

The dog is recovering, but MCSO says he has a long road ahead.

If you suspect your animal was bitten by a venomous snake, officials advise you be aware which local pet emergency clinics keep anti-venom readily available.

MCSO CAPTURES RATTLENSNAKE THAT BIT HOMEOWNER’S DOG A large rattlesnake was captured and relocated from a residential area to a large preserve after the snake bit a homeowner’s dog. MCSO Animal Services Officer Karen Kneubehl answered the call for service at the Highland’s Preserve after we received a call that the snake bit the homeowner’s dog in the face. The snake was near the pool area, and attempted to hide in the bushes. The reptile was reportedly preying on small wildlife in people’s yards. In fact, it had just killed a small rabbit prior to attacking the dog. Officer Kneubehl captured the snake and removed it from the area. The dog was rushed to the local pet emergency clinic, then transferred to another clinic in Palm Beach County where anti-venom was available. The dog is recovering, but has a long road ahead. We wish him well. If you suspect your animal was bitten by a venomous snake, it’s best to find an emergency clinic with anti-venom readily available.

Posted by Martin County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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