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.

  • Benmica - 2012-01-21 17:33

    Jack Russells are known to kill snakes... even big ones..

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-01-22 08:00

      The lengths that animals would go to to protect their owners is just amazing. This is the reason I love animals, they are so loyal to you!! Well done Jacky you show that snake!!! :)

      VOVO247 - 2012-01-23 11:04

      Yeah supposedly far less intelligent than us, yet the bit they have is just enough. Undying loyalty to its crew, unlike us, who have massive social circles but loyalty can be counted on the fingers of one hand.. (Thats if you lucky to have loyal mates at all, some dont even have 1....)

      Lorenzo - 2012-01-23 15:17

      @Vovo247 ... Getting SLIGHTLY off the point here.

      Lana - 2012-01-24 09:08

      What is it with this "thumb down" people? Don't you understand English?

  • Marius - 2012-01-21 17:48

    Very lucky. Puff adders are bad tempered snakes and about 100 mg poison can kill an adult. Hats off to the Jackie for being so heroic. And that at 14 years!

  • meredith.r.pollock - 2012-01-21 18:02

    Jack Russells are awesome dogs, I have two & I feel sorry for anything or anyone that tries to attack me :-) Fearless & fiercely loyal to their owners..

      TJ - 2012-01-22 10:53

      Lol, I have a real little mixed breed dog that has the JR temprament. She is the size of a toothpick but is a lion at heart. She is better protection for us then even our boerboel. She will take on anything and is a better burglar alarm then any security company can offer.

  • mariane.haasbroek - 2012-01-21 18:12

    Two weeks ago my 2 Jack Russells killed a Mozambique spitting cobra. VERY PROUD of them!!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-01-22 07:46

      My Jack Russell experience ended when my boy was killed by a Mozambique Spitting cobra. The snake died as well of coarse, as did many cobras (about 13 I counted) the little oke killed through his life. An insane little fella, he left a huge gap in our lives - but I won't own one again as long as I live in the Lowveld, snake paradise, too much heartache. Got Corgi's now, they leave the snakes alone, much more peace in the home now. One Jack Russel is like owning 5 dogs at once, the okies are busy busy all the time. Wonderful dogs though.

  • vanetia.mentor - 2012-01-21 18:40

    Yaaay monty...More reason to love the big hearted,brave, loyal ,fiesty,fearless i-can-take-down-a-rottwiller tiny body dogs...Now i miss my lil Max RiP BUDDY 27/04/2010#jackRUSSLSareTHEbest :)

      Lara - 2012-01-21 20:14

      Ag shame, Vanetia. Condolences. Looking at the photo your Max looks a lot like my Daisy. I also love her to bits.

  • Belinda - 2012-01-21 18:41

    Wonderful breed of dog!

  • Gareth - 2012-01-21 18:43

    Instead of a bells,i think a steak would be in order for Monty.

      Geraldv - 2012-01-22 23:35

      Give that Ouma a Bells!!

      lenandiv - 2012-01-23 10:03

      A big T Bone steak for little Monty. My family all own Jack Russels. My sister lost her one female, Chloe, a few years back to a Spitting Cobra (she did kill him but he was able to get a bite in) while protecting her 2 year old from the snake. They might be small but they are fierce little dogs with lots of loyalty and hearts of gold ( even while they are destroying yr garden :) )

  • Tony - 2012-01-21 21:17

    Gooo Monty!!

  • Henri James Christie - 2012-01-21 22:24

    Nobody mentioned rattlesnakes???

      richard.hipkin - 2012-01-23 10:47


  • Irene - 2012-01-22 04:35

    Hope Monty gets lots and lots of good treats!

  • May - 2012-01-22 05:18

    Give that dog a Bob Martin.

  • rbczovczov - 2012-01-22 07:15

    I guess this is no place for Snake lovers!

      Clinton - 2012-01-22 07:38

      Nope! Ha ha!

  • Amien - 2012-01-22 07:35

    wow thanks Doc you were on time saved by the toe

  • Clinton - 2012-01-22 07:37

    Jack Russels have the biggest heart of all! We used to live on a farm outside Nelspruit, where we had regular visits of Cobra's and Mambas. Chloe shredded every single one of them before they could reach the stoep! I'll never even consider another breed of dog.

  • Willie - 2012-01-22 08:57

    My brothers Jack Russel (Japie) saved my 2 year old cousin from a rinkals and he never in his life ever saw a snake before. The Rinkals was about 1.5m long.

  • daniel.w.gie - 2012-01-22 09:29


  • David - 2012-01-22 09:36

    I have two cats. All they bring into the house are dead bats, gigantic moths (body thick as a thumb) and mice and parktown prawns. My father in laws' cat once caught a full sized rabbit and brought it into their house. If my cats saw me being bitten by snake they would either run or just stare with morbid fascination.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-01-22 16:01

      You don't have two cats, two cats have you. Your only use to them is to feed them. Cats love torturing things - but besides that they're pretty cool animals. I've seen one kill a small cobra, but ja, a cat sure as hell won't lower itself to the level of "protecting" its human.

      Tuner - 2012-01-23 15:06

      Chum Scrubber Shows what you know. Family cat protected me from a puff adder when I was a baby playing outside in a sand pit. Assumption is a dangerous thing.

      Anette - 2012-02-03 14:11

      As you say Cats have their own way of doing things. I have one dog (on my lap in picture) and one cat. Best of friends when I am not looking, and have no time for each other when I am. My cat thinks a successfull hunt is completed when she arrives at her food dish.

  • Tanie - 2012-01-22 10:03

    What a lovely story, so you all can read that a god is a man's or ladies best friend

  • Willem - 2012-01-22 13:01

    Well it is also good to have a cat. At one time while we were all sleeping, our cat went totally beserk waking up all of us, because a Black Mamba managed to find it's way into our house! Luckily my father managed to kill the snake.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-01-23 10:48

      Shame, poor snake...

  • Gail - 2012-01-22 13:29

    Our somewhat brainless Airedale loved killing puffadders and I think Staffies also do it. Sadly Tassie took on one too many on a day when our parents were away and was dying by the time they arrived home. She got the snake though as Mom found it a day or so later. Dogs are better friends to people than we are to them but when you've been loved by a dog you have known real devotion with no boundaries. Well done Jacko.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-01-22 13:42

    My Chow killed 5 very large Mozambican spitting cobras in her life, she was sadly killed when she tackled the deadliest snake of the lot. A very large black mamba that was after our ducks. Yes she save my life a few times, but then cobras are not that deadly. Chows are wonderful animals, and will attack only when necessary, These snakes did not stand a chance with her around.

  • Silvana - 2012-01-23 06:44

    Aw sweet. Nothing beats a terrier. I love them all to bits. But them again I love all animals.

  • Sechaba - 2012-01-23 08:32

    i too need a dog

  • Don - 2012-01-23 10:23

    Well done monty, hope you get a raise !! such a brave and loyal fellow.

  • Mfundisitshikaswidyoho - 2012-01-23 11:10

    now i wont mind somebody calling me a dog...give that dag a bone.

  • Evon - 2012-01-23 11:54

    Our best friends are such little brave hearts. Well done Monty.Woef Woef Woef.

  • Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2012-01-23 12:03

    Would Monty have killed a Python?

  • DieSeL - 2012-01-23 12:08

    Give that dog a Bells/Bone...

  • Joao - 2012-01-23 12:08

    Well done Monty!!!! They are the best and cutest pets thats why I breed them.

  • Patti - 2012-01-23 12:47

    Give that Good Fella a Bells!

  • Lize - 2012-01-23 13:24

    Goodness News24, fire your headline writer...

  • dominique.dhotman - 2012-01-23 13:45

    good dog:)

  • Sandy - 2012-01-23 13:50

    Way to go are one of the best little dogs around.

  • kazlynn - 2012-01-23 14:20

    Excellent, So were is the photo of this new hero???

  • ruda.sealie - 2012-01-23 15:29

    Go Monty!

  • motsoka - 2012-01-23 18:16

    Wow a jack russell killed a baby puff adder

      Lana - 2012-01-24 09:24

      HUH! I saw a whole workshop clear out when baby puff adders decided to show themselves from their breeding/resting place! THAT was funny! I would like to see you take on a "baby" puff adder....they are fast! You would most likely take the running away!

      Anette - 2012-02-03 14:16

      Would like to see you facing any snake. Probably break the world record in 100m?

  • Brent - 2012-01-24 09:41

    Come on!!! I mean that's impressive but not so much. If Monty were a goldfish then different story. I would be impressed then....

  • LeahLea - 2012-02-03 09:11

    Brave Boy!

  • clivegoss - 2012-03-08 11:45

    The puffy got the full Monty

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