“Hero” Labrador retriever named Marley protected his 18-year-old owner from a rattlesnake assault in Harbison Canyon, California. Only two weeks ago, the seven-year-old dog moved his owner out of the line of a fatal snake bite – only to get bitten twice on the dog’s mouth and neck.
lex Laredo was walking out the front door towards the dryer on the side of the house when he heard a “huge rattling,” according to the GoFundMe appeal page for Marley’s veterinarian needs. He observed the foot-and-a-half-long rattlesnake under the table, less than a foot away.
“Marley’s first instinct was to put himself between the rattle snake and me. At this time, the rattle snake was enraged, and Marley attempted to catch it when it attacked me. He was bitten by two lethal venomous snakes, one on his mouth and the other on his neck. Everything happened so fast. I was able to catch Marley and take him inside after he was bitten and there was blood everywhere, and Marley just dropped to the ground in pain.”
The snake slithered away, and Alex grabbed his puppy and rushed Marley to the veterinary with his mother. Marley required four doses of the antivenin, and his health remained critical for several days.
“Marley’s face began to swell, and he began to have breathing difficulties. Blood began to flow from his mouth as well. I was terrified and attempted to remain calm while thinking quickly because time was not on our side. I was able to check him in ahead of time, and the technician was waiting for my closest friend. Not knowing if your best buddy will survive was the most terrifying moment of my life.”
Marley eventually turned the corner and was able to return home two days later. Marley is no longer in danger, but he has nerve damage in his mouth and jaw, which will necessitate medication and weekly therapy appointments.