It is often said that pit bulls are among the most protective dog races around, and this story by Stacie Rae English certainly is no exception to that. She posted tales of an impressive rescue by her brother’s dog Hurley on Facebook, where it quickly amassed more than 53,000 likes and 13,000 shares.
Haley McCormack was walking toward the porch of her Davidson County, Tennessee home when all of a sudden her dog, Arlo, leaped into action to save her. The Copperhead snake was lurking behind the stairs of Haley McCormack’s home when her dog, Arlo, leaped into action to save her. And, what McCormack didn’t know was that the snake was vᴇɴᴏmous. Arlo leaped toᴡᴀʀd the snake as I gave ᴄʜᴀsᴇ.
“My sister was walking his pitbull lab mix, Hurley, in our neighborhood field around 10 pm. He walks him this late so he can let him off his leash so he can do what he loves to do, explore all the different smells. They heard a young kid scream and before my brother knew it, Hurley took off after the scream. With my sister close behind, he saw Hurley grab a copper head snake away from the little boy and fling it around, later finding out he had ᴋ.ɪ.ʟ.ʟ.ᴇ.ᴅ it.”
As a result, Arlo was ʙɪᴛten three to four times in the face but was able to .kɪʟʟ the snake and save his human. His neck, face, and eye were all sᴡᴏʟʟᴇɴ shut, but he is recovering thankfully and is expected to fully recover.
“To think how much loyalty, and love he had for me, to risk his own life for mine, it’s really special,” McCormack told WTVF. “We’re both lucky to have each other for sure.”
Sadly, Arlo wasn’t the only dog at BluePearl Pet Hospital that day with a snake ʙɪᴛᴇ. According to the animal hospital, they’ve already ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴇᴅ more than a dozen snake ʙɪᴛᴇ cases this summer alone in their area.