Photo: Texas Dog Saves Maya Delarosa From Rattlesnake, Loses Eye
A Texas family has their fearless little dog to thank for saving the lives of two young girls.
Martha Rodriguez says her granddaughters, Maya and Guadalupe Delarosa, and her dog were playing outside her rural Hueco Mountain range home, which is about an hour outside El Paso, TX.
Rodriguez said the girls were making mud pies when Maya heard a rattle and a hiss. When she looked up she realized she and her sister were frightening close to a two-foot-long rattle snake.
With the snake curled up and ready to strike, their grandmother’s dog, chihuahua-poodle mix named Psycho, jumped in between the girls and the snake and lunged at the snake. Rodriguez and her neighbors then ran out and killed the snake.
Though the girls were able to get away safely, Psycho was bit and found whimpering underneath Rodriguez’s car. The furry hero had been bit in the eye and was in pain.
During the 45-minute drive to the nearest animal clinic, Rodriguez said she was worried Psycho was not going to make it - but he did.
Though he will lose his left eye - surgery is planned for next week - Psycho luckily escaped brain injury.
Rodriguez says that although the pooch cannot see out of the damaged eye, he is already acting like his usually self, running around and barking.