(Photo: AP/Tamara Lush)
Molly DeLuca of Tampa, Florida was in her backyard, watching her 7-year old granddaughter and Haus, her 2-year old German Shepherd, play. Suddenly, the dog reared up and leaped in front of the girl. Haus fought a diamondback rattlesnake that had sneaked into the yard and saved the little girl's life.
The snake bit Haus 3 times, almost killing him. Haus is now in intensive care for the severe kidney damage that he suffered from the venom. The AP reports:
The snake's venom damaged the dog's kidneys. Vets now expect a full recovery, but it won't be cheap: Each day in the ICU costs between $1000 to $1500, and each vial of anti-venom costs $618. Haus is averaging 4 or 5 vials per day as the poison leaves his system.
Fortunately, public recognition of Haus's heroics have led to overwhelming support for his GoFundMe project. He has received $35,000 after starting with a goal of $15,000.
-via Jonah Goldberg