Hero dog bitten saving 7-year-old girl from rattlesnake

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When a venomous Eastern diamondback rattlesnake appeared in the backyard of a 7-year-old Florida girl, her German shepherd came to her rescue, refusing to back down despite multiple snakebites.

Haus, a German Shepherd, recovers from a snake bite at Blue Pearl in Tampa, Fla., Friday, May 13, 2016. When a venomous Eastern diamondback rattlesnake appeared in the backyard of a 7-year-old Florida girl, her German shepherd, Haus, came to her rescue, refusing to back down despite multiple snakebites. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)
Haus, a German Shepherd, recovers from a snake bite at Blue Pearl in Tampa, Fla., Friday, May 13, 2016. When a venomous Eastern diamondback rattlesnake appeared in the backyard of a 7-year-old Florida girl, her German shepherd, Haus, came to her rescue, refusing to back down despite multiple snakebites. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)

And now, hundreds of donors are coming to her family’s rescue, quickly topping the goal of $15,000 Friday on a GoFundMe account to help pay for the antivenin needed to keep the dog alive.

Molly DeLuca was playing with her 2-year-old shepherd, named Haus, when the snake showed up on Wednesday. Haus jumped between them and was bitten three times, suffering damage to his kidneys. Vets are now expecting a full recovery.

Donya DeLuca says her daughter and the rescue dog they adopted two months ago are inseparable, so she’s not surprised he would risk his life to save her.

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