Brave Dog Jumps In To Take Bite When Rattlesnake Targets His Owner

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Sandy Ruggerio was in the backyard of her Florida home with her pups when a terrifying sound stopped her dead in her tracks. It was the rattle of an extremely venomous snake. But just then, a hero named Beast came to her rescue. And the rattlesnake bit the brave dog in place of Sandy and her smaller pups!

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Normally, the name Beast doesn’t seem to fit this snuggly pit bull.

"He's a big, loving bear,” Sandy says of her hero. “He thinks he's a little dog, a little lap dog. He wants to sit in your lap. He gives lots of kisses."

Beast is beloved by all who know him. But Sandy is especially fond of her gentle giant.

“He’s by my side 24/7,” she says. “He doesn’t leave me, you know. He’s by my bed. He doesn’t go anywhere with out me. He has to be there.”

Thankfully, Beast was by Sandy’s side when a deadly visitor slithered into her backyard!

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Sandy wasn’t the only one who heard the snake’s deadly warning. Before she could even react, Beast was there to save the woman he loved.

Beast went after the snake. But even as quickly as he reacted, the dog got bitten by a rattlesnake.

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Sandy was horrified. She saw the dead snake on the ground and realized her sweet Beast had saved her life. He’d also saved his two smaller siblings, who were in the yard as well.

Sandy rushed her brave fur-baby to the vet. He was certainly paying the price for his tango with the rattlesnake. Beast was bleeding profusely, and received the anti-venom treatment just in time. Any longer, and this fur-angel would have gotten his wings.

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The close call still brings Sandy to tears today. Losing Beast would be devastating.

“He’s my child, I don’t have kids. We don’t have children,” she said.

Thankfully, though, doctors gave Beast a good prognosis. And the hero should be back home by Sandy’s side in no time.

"He loves people, but he has to protect his mommy and his daddy, anybody that he loves," Sandy said.

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