DEJA VU AS SNAKE CATCHER HELPS SAVE BIT­TEN PUP

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - BRI­ANNA MOR­RIS-GRANT

TONY Harrison never wanted to find him­self in this sit­u­a­tion again as he rushed to save a dog from a snake bite this week.

It was nearly two years to the day after two of his own dogs died after be­ing bit­ten by a brown snake in the mid­dle of the night – at the same prop­erty he rushed to on Mon­day. And it only hap­pened be­cause of a post to his com­mu­nity face­book page about some­one see­ing two dogs fight­ing with a snake ... at his old ad­dress.

The Gold Coast snake catcher and his part­ner, Brooke Smith, ar­rived to find the own­ers of the Yatala home away, so he jumped the back fence to look at the dogs, in par­tic­u­lar ninemonth-old kelpie Ali G.

“Straight away we knew there was go­ing to be is­sues,” Mr Harrison said. “We started look­ing at the dog and re­alised its eye­lids were droop­ing. It was show­ing signs of be­ing bit­ten.

“The prob­lem was we didn’t have any idea who lived there. The only hint I had was a year or so ago a lady pulled us up in Robina Town Cen­tre, a se­cu­rity guard there, and said ‘I live in your old house, I’ve got your mail there’.”

Owner Te­gen Rus­sell, 26, said Ali G was ex­pected to make a full re­cov­ery after be­ing rushed to the vet, thanks to her two saviours.

“I’ve just said to them from the bot­tom of my heart I can­not thank you enough,” Ms Rus­sell said.

Queens­land Am­bu­lance urged res­i­dents to be care­ful be­cause snakes were ac­tive in the warm weather.

Mr Harrison warned pet own­ers: “Our mes­sage is to not ig­nore your dogs if you think there’s been a snake in­volved. It was at one or two in the morn­ing we lost our dogs. This lady would have come home from work to a dead dog.”

Gold Coast snake catcher Tony Harrison and his part­ner Brooke Smith with nine-month-old kelpie Ali G, the dog they helped save after a snake bite.

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