Hero Pit Bulls Save Children from Deadly Copperhead Snake


This brings tears to my eyes. Two pit bulls save two children and although both of the “nanny dogs” were bitten, they’ve been given medical care and will survive.

CBS News

Melissa Butt was enjoying a sunny Sunday afternoon outside with her two grandchildren when she heard an alarming bark coming from two of her dogs.

The pit bulls were standing in front of her 4-year-old grandson and 1-year-old granddaughter, staring at a patch of grass three feet away from Butt’s front door.

“The dogs started acting a little funny,” Butt told CBS News. “They were barking and barking.”

So the grandmother from Thonotosassa, Florida, ran over to find out what was causing the commotion, and that’s when she saw it — a giant snake, which was later identified as a copperhead, wriggling around just inches from her dogs’ snouts. She yelled for her daughter, who quickly scooped up the kids and brought them inside.

Her 9-month-old red nosed pit bull named Paco was the first to spot the snake, but his older “brother,” a 3-year-old pit bull named Slayer, quickly stepped in to help.

“My Slayer takes over all of those situations,” Butt explained. “He’s ultra protective of the family.”


When the snake struck Paco, biting him in the elbow, Slayer attacked. The pit bull picked the snake up with his mouth, killing it.

“He almost bit him in half,” Butt recalled.

Unfortunately, Slayer didn’t escape scratch-free. The snake bit the 80-pound dog twice in the face, causing his snout to swell to almost twice its size within 30 minutes.

Both Paco and Slayer were rushed to an emergency vet, where they were given injections of antivenin, intravenous pain medication and anti-nausea meds.

“I know my dogs are heroes and without a doubt saved the lives of my grandchildren,” Butt said. “They are too small to have fought something off like that. If they had gotten bit I’m 100 percent sure they wouldn’t have survived.”

At first, Butt wasn’t sure if Slayer would make it. Fortunately, with donations from a local non-profit called Frankie’s Friends, Slayer was able to get the treatment he needed to survive.

“Pit bulls are nanny dogs. That’s actually why they were originally bred — to care and protect children,” Butt said. “And our Slayer has always been that way.”

Butt said Slayer is getting released from the vet on Wednesday, and hopefully, everything will return to normal. But first, Butt added, the family is going to try make sure their home, including their yard, is snake-proof.

“We knew when we moved here there would be the risk of alligators, bob cats, hawks, field mice and things of that nature. None of my research told me about venomous snakes,” Butt said. “My husband and I are both big researchers, do it yourselfers. Our boys are our boys and we’ve already started the process to make our yard a little less snake friendly.”



9 thoughts on “Hero Pit Bulls Save Children from Deadly Copperhead Snake

  1. ““Pit bulls are nanny dogs. That’s actually why they were originally bred — to care and protect children,” Butt said”

    Sounds like total la la land. Pit bulls look like fighting dogs and they are named Pit Bulls. Dogs used to fight in pits, and probably still do in the Third World and illegal bouts in the West. Why were Pit Bulls not named “Nanny Dogs”?

    In Australia very small children and babies have been killed by their Pit Bulls which are supposed to be nannying them. Maybe more small kiddies than die from snake bite.

    • Yeah, sorry. I will never fully trust pit bulls. Especially ones raised by niggers. I’ve got a couple of friends who have them and there’s just a certain aura about them that tells me that they could turn at any moment. I will not allow my kids around them and I don’t give a fuck who gets offended by that. There’s plenty of dog fighting by the groids in the South. That sickens me. That piece of shit Michael Vick still has people who worship him in Atlanta.

      • The nanny dogs name was “Slayer”.
        Who would name a Golden Retriever “Slayer”?

        I give credit to the snake also, a wild animal which has a right to live in the natural world. If you try to kill a poisonous snake – it will bite no matter how big you are – and more strength to them for that wise and strong policy. Most predators would thus avoid snakes as a meal. Some birds can do it.

        Humans conquered by the Mongols or the Jew Soviets, queued up for their turn to be killed. Most did not fight back. I read that in one city every Mongol personally had to kill 400 inhabitants. What a piss weak bunch of useless eaters. Even 40 unarmed children could defeat one Mongol warrior.

        So if you are going to be killed or Gulagged, fight back and hard even if it is hopeless. The Holodomir would not have happened if the Ukrainians had been united in fighting the (((Soviet Moscow Empire))) and their (((NKVD))) thugs.

    • I had seen him called Pete the Pup when I researched him in 1999. When I found my abandoned pit bull that year, I named him Pup in Pete’s honor. He was only a few months old when I found him, so it was an appropriate name.

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