Pit Bulls Rescue Young Kids From Deadly Copperhead Snake

A Florida grandma said her protective pit bulls are to thank for saving her two young grandchildren from an attack by a deadly copperhead snake. 

Melissa Butt says her grandchildren, Zayden, 4, and Mallory, 1, were playing in the backyard  when her dogs, Slayer, and Paco ran over to the kids in a hurry. The pit bulls jumped between the children after they spotted a copperhead snake in the grass. 


The dogs barked repeatedly for the snake to leave, which unfortunately caused the copperhead to get more upset and strike! Butt says that the pit bulls defeated the snake, but not before Slayer was bitten twice in the face and Paco suffered a bite to the elbow.

Butt immediately rushed her dogs to the Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners Hospital. “We need to get the anti-venom…quickly, in order for them to get a good prognosis. It is very, very painful,” Dr. Shelby Loos told WFLA-TV. “We give them medicine for pain and make them as comfortable as possible. But, we have to act fast.”


Butt has been worried about raising enough money to cover the cost of her dogs’ care. “They don’t ask for anything. All they want is your love, so it’s very hard to see them in need, and not be able to do a whole lot for them,” Butt told WTVJ-TV.

To help out, animal rescue group Frankie’s Friends stepped in with some emergency fundraising that covered the cost of the dogs’ treatment. “I’m just overwhelmed with gratitude to Blue Pearl and Frankie’s Friends. I don’t know what I would’ve done without them,” Butt said. Paco has since recovered fully and is back at home, while Slayer is still at the animal hospital. 

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