Dog kills snake which bit owner

2012-01-21 17:02
Kimberley - A 14-year-old Jack Russell terrier killed a puff adder as it got one of its fangs stuck in his owner's toe, the snake bite victim has recounted.

Joy Weston, 68, from the farm DeVilliershoop in the Jakkalsdal district in the Northern Cape, was walking through her yard to greet Eskom workers as they arrived just after 16:00 on Thursday when she accidentally stepped on the deadly snake.

"I couldn't get the snake to release its bite," she said. "Monty grabbed and killed it."

Weston was wearing slip-on sandals. One of the snake's fangs sunk into her toe and the other into her shoe. The puff adder was a baby, she said, and was about 40cm long.

Her husband, Neville Weston, a urologist from Kimberley, had just arrived home and immediately rushed his wife 48km back to the town where she was administered anti-venom.

She was discharged from hospital on Saturday and said she felt much better, despite still being in shock. Her toe was saved.

The snake has been preserved in formalin to show the couple's seven grandchildren.

Meanwhile, Monty was being hailed as a local hero.

- SAPA
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