Doctors at BluePearl, a 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital in Tampa, determined that the bite was caused by an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake, one of the continent’s most dangerous snakes.
Haus, a 2-year-old German Shepherd from Heidi’s Legacy Dog Rescue in Tampa, Florida, had no idea one day that one day he would be rescued by Donya DeLuca and end up saving a life.
Haus, whose name means “house” in German, quickly won over the hearts of the family of 4 including Donya, Adam DeLuca, and their two children Molly, 7, and Joey, 4.
Haus swiftly became the heart of the home and proved his loyalty when a dangerous rattlesnake showed up in the family’s backyard in May of 2016. The young German Shepherd followed his protective instincts and saved Molly from a possible attack.
“He instantly positioned himself between the snake and Molly, so at first, she and her grandma didn’t even realize what he was staring at – but all of a sudden there was all of this blood,” said DeLuca TODAY.
Haus had taken three large bites from the snake on his right front leg, presumably to keep the snake from attacking any of the family members in the yard, the family discovered after further inspection.
Doctors at BluePearl, a 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital in Tampa, determined that the bite was caused by an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake, one of the continent’s most dangerous snakes. With deadly rattlesnake venom in his system, Haus was racing against the clock.
The snake had infected Haus with so much venom, according to TODAY, that his doctors had him on a constant drip of anti-venom, which DeLuca describes as a “unorthodox” approach. Despite being in critical condition, Haus recovered completely.
The family had set up a GoFundMe page titled “Help Save Haus” in an effort to save and fund Haus’s accumulating medical bills, which had reached $52,000, surpassing their goal of $28,000.
With such an overwhelming outpouring of support and all the medical bills covered for Haus’s speedy recovery, the Delucas donated the leftover funds to Heidi’s Legacy Rescue, where Haus was found, and other local shelters, in an effort to encourage others to adopt shelter dogs.