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Family Dog Bitten by Rattlesnake While Protecting 7-Year-Old

"We love him and we cherish him, but I feel indebted that he saved our daughter"

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    A German shepherd named Haus is being hailed a hero after protecting his 7-year-old owner. A rattlesnake, likely an eastern diamondback rattler, bit Haus three times Wednesday afternoon outside the DeLuca family's Tampa, Florida home. "He had every opportunity to run but he didn't. He was protecting Molly," said Donya DeLuca. (Published Friday, May 13, 2016)

    A Florida family's rescue dog did some saving of his own this week.

    Haus, a 2-year-old German shepherd, was bitten three times in the leg by an eastern diamondback rattlesnake while apparently trying to protect his owners' 7-year-old daughter, NBC affiliate WFLA reports.

    According to WFLA, Haus went behind the family's pool in Tampa to retrieve his toys Wednesday when Donya DeLuca heard screams from her young daughter Molly.

    DeLuca believes Haus was injured while preventing the snake from reaching Molly.

    Courtesy Fontenelle Forest Rehabilitation Center

    "He had every opportunity to run, and he didn't," DeLuca told WFLA. "He was protecting Molly, and my mother I think."

    Haus was rushed to a local veterinary hospital, where he was placed in the intensive care unit. He's receiving continuous doses of anti-venom and is expected to recover.

    "We love him and we cherish him, but I feel indebted that he saved our daughter," DeLuca told WFLA.

    Donations to a GoFundMe account to help pay the vet bills quickly topped the family's goal of $15,000 on Friday.

    More than 53,000 pets were adopted through the 2016 Clear the Shelters campaign, a nationwide push to place deserving animals in forever homes. Join the conversation on social media using #ClearTheShelters.