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2 pit bulls save young children from venomous copperhead snake

2 pit bulls save young children from venomous copperhead snake”

Two young children are safe after a Brandon family's two pit bulls saved them from a venomous copperhead.

"They are my boys, my protectors", Butt told News Channel 8. Luckily, she had two pit bulls in the garden with them. Both dogs were bitten, injected with highly poisonous venom.

Slayer then rushed in and was bitten by the snake.

The dogs were given anti-venom, but "Slayer" was bitten twice in the face and still in a lot of pain Tuesday. Butt brought them to a nearby animal hospital where they arrived "in bad shape", WFLA says. "It is very, very painful", Dr. Shelby Loos said.

"This is the kind of story that dogs are recognized for being the best friend of man", explained the latter.

"That absolutely would have been one of my grandchildren, whether it be yesterday, today or tomorrow", Butt told the Tampa Bay Times.

Thanks to "Frankie's Friends", an animal rescue group, more than $6,500 was raised to help pay for the dogs' expensive emergency treatment.

"Pets are truly part of the family, and in this case, they proved that to every extent possible", said Danielle Martin of Frankie's Friends. Paco is back running around at home, and while Slayer is still recovering, he was overjoyed when his owner, Melissa Butt, came to see him at the animal hospital. He should be reunited with his beloved family soon.

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