MCSO CAPTURES RATTLESNAKE THAT BIT HOMEOWNER’S DOG
Crews with the Animal Services unit at the MCSO had the dangerous assignment of capturing the rattlesnake that bit the dog.
MCSO Animal Services Officer Karen Kneubehl answered the call for service at the Highland’s Preserve.
The MCSO 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.
If you suspect your animal was bitten by a venomous snake, it’s best to find an emergency clinic with anti-venom readily available.
You can see the video on the Martin County Sheriff;s Office Facebook Page
From Doctor Foster and Smith
Identify the snake if possible. Restrict movement of the pet. Loosely immobilize the limb in a functional position if bitten on an extremity. DO NOT incise the bite wound to aspirate the venom and DO NOT apply a tourniquet without veterinary assistance. DO NOT apply ice to the area. Seek veterinary attention.