Pit Bull dies after saving kids from aggressive snake

While we know that all dogs have the basic instincts to eat and survive, their wants and needs beyond those things differ from dog to dog.

Some dogs are bred to perform instinctive tasks to keep others safe, while others are simply natural heroes ready to step in and save the day at any cost.

Zeus was only 8 months old when his danger instinct kicked in. His actions led to the sacrifice of his own life and while a couple mourns the loss of him, they will always be grateful to him for protecting his children.


The pit bull pup was outside playing in the yard of the family’s home in Sumter County, Florida, when he started behaving strangely.

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He started to throw something that looked like a rope around his teeth as if to take it off. It was then that he lay down on the ground and began to feel bad.

The son had not realized that a coral snake was approaching him, but the heroic Zeus jumped to protect him.

Coral snakes are highly toxic and a bite can lead to paralysis of the victim’s respiratory muscles. There is usually only mild pain, but respiratory failure can occur within hours.

“Suddenly, he started attacking the snake that was near my son and bit him four times. I knew when he first came that something was wrong and (it was) very traumatic because I knew he was dying,” father Gary Richardson told FOX 35.

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Mom Gina took Zeus to the vet while her dad stayed home with the kids. “We knew the antivenom was going to work,” Gary added.

Despite responding quickly to Zeus’ snake bites and rushing him to the vet clinic, she succumbed to the snake’s venom.

‘I owe you my son’s life’
Gina Richardson, who described Zeus as a “family member”, said that Zeus’s death “just killed us”.

She told FOX 35 that her children did not get a chance to say goodbye to their beloved pet who died on the birthday of the child she saved.

Gina said that the pit bull breed had a bad reputation, but if they are aggressive it is usually because they are being mistreated and she added: “If you treat them right, they would give their life for you and I owe my son’s life to them.”

Rest in peace, sweet Zeus. You died as a hero.

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