And now, hundreds of donors are coming to her family’s rescue, quickly topping the goal of $15,000 Friday on a GoFundMe account to help pay for the antivenin needed to keep the dog alive.
Molly DeLuca was playing with her 2-year-old shepherd, named Haus, when the snake showed up on Wednesday. Haus jumped between them and was bitten three times, suffering damage to his kidneys. Vets are now expecting a full recovery.
The family adopted Haus just two months ago from a rescue organization, but they already had no doubt he would risk his life to save Molly or her four-year-old brother.
“He just exceeded our expectations all the way around,” said DeLuca. “Right away, the kids were hugging and loving on him, he always took it, he never did anything. Whenever anyone came to the door, he would start barking and try to be protective. He has just been an amazing dog. He’s the type of dog that when you want to go buy a dog, you pay thousands of dollars and that’s the dog you get. But we adopted him and got him for free.”