SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. – The Richardson family said goodbye to their hero this week.
Their eight-month-old pit bull, Zeus, died while protecting two of the family’s children from a coral snake. The snake bit the dog instead.
“I knew when he first came in that something was wrong and (it) was very traumatic because I knew he was dying,” Gary Richardson said.
It happened Monday as the boys were outside the family’s home in Sumter County cleaning the dog’s water dish. They didn’t even see the snake coming.
“All of a sudden, he started attacking the snake which was close to my son and he was bit four times,” Gary Richardson said.
They rushed Zeus to a vet in Ocala. At first, they thought he was going to get better. He died the next day