Donors rally for dog that saved girl
When a venomous rattlesnake appeared in the backyard of a seven-year-old girl, her German shepherd came to her rescue, refusing to back down even when the snake bit him three times. In short, Haus is a hero. “It shows you that a rescue dog, for us, paid it forward by protecting my family,” said Adam DeLuca of Tampa in the US. Now hundreds of donors are coming to the family’s rescue, quickly topping the goal of $15,000 on a GoFundMe account to help pay for the antivenin needed to keep the dog alive. By Friday afternoon, $35,000 had been raised for the dog’s care. Haus is still recovering in the intensive care unit of Tampa’s Blue Pearl Emergency Veterinary and Speciality Hospital, and is being treated with anti-venom and painkillers, said Dr John Gicking. “Without the pain medication, he’s in pain. He’s responsive, he’s alert, and his leg is swollen and uncomfortable,” the doctor said. Molly DeLuca’s grandmother was watching her play with the two-year-old shepherd in their backyard when the dog suddenly jumped in front of the
girl and reared up several times.