Pit Bull Fights For Life After Rattlesnake Attack
NEW YORK -- A pit bull was bitten by a rattlesnake around 3 p.m. Tuesday after it stuck its nose in a bush.
Owner Miguel Mota took the pit bull for its afternoon walk in a public park next to the Bronx Zoo when the bite occurred.
Mota rushed the pit bull to NYC Veterinary Specialists, where veterinarian Dr. Ben Davidson gave it two shots of anti-venom.
Davidson said a rattlesnake bite is very rare and that the snake is probably a pet that escaped from a Bronx home.
The dog appears to be stabilized.
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Pit Bull Fighting for Life after Rattlesnake Bite
NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A pit bull is fighting for his life, after being bitten by a rattlesnake in the Bronx Tuesday.
Miguel Mota, the dog's owner, was walking the male pit bull, named "Stone," in a public park near the Bronx Zoo at Boston Road and Bronx Park East when the dog went into the bushes and yelped.
When he came out of the bushes, he was bleeding, and Mota rushed Stone to the Bronx Zoo - and then to several vet hospitals that couldn't deal with a snake bite until he got to the NYC Veterinary Specialists at 55th Street and 9th Avenue in Manhattan.
Dr. Ben Davidson diagnosed the wounds and bites from a rattlesnake, and immediately gave the dog anti-venom - in an effort to save its life.
The dog is still being treated - but will need much more anti-venom, something that is in very short supply in New York. Mota says he can't afford the $4,000 bill racked up so far, and so for now the doctors are paying out of their own pockets.
Mota says he knew it was a rattlesnake, because he saw one on the Discovery Channel, and it's still out there somewhere near the Bronx Zoo.
He says he fears if a child were to have been near the area and gotten bitten.