Dog That Saved 7-Year-Old From Snakebite Returns Home From Hospital

By Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou is a tech reporter who has written about drones, artificial intelligence, and space exploration.
May 18, 2016 Updated: May 18, 2016

A German shepherd that saved his 7-year-old owner from a rattlesnake bite by taking the hit for her is returning home from the animal hospital. 

Haus had leapt to the defense of Molly deLuca and her grandmother when a rattlesnake appeared in their backyard. 

“We hope that Haus will get to go home today,” his vet Jennifer Holm said on ABC News. “We are doing a couple more checks on him early this afternoon, and fingers crossed, we hope that he will get to go home either today or tomorrow.”

The DeLuca family had recently adopted two-year-old Haus from the Heidi’s Legacy Rescue, a local non-profit shelter. 

“I would almost say it seems miraculous based on the turnaround we had from last week,” said Molly’s mother, Donya DeLuca. “We’re just really, really happy.”

Donya said that she’s absolutely certain that Haus’s heroism was intentional. 

“It’s easy to see for anyone who’s spent any time with Haus and our children that he absolutely nannies our children and watches out for them,” she explained. “It’s common for him to sweep the yard or check everything out when he goes out, and he stood his ground and continued to charge when a large, venomous snake was attacking him.”

Jonathan Zhou is a tech reporter who has written about drones, artificial intelligence, and space exploration.