Woman loses dog to rattlesnake bite, warns of danger

The death of a beloved pet over the weekend from a rattlesnake bite south of Oroville left it's owner grief-stricken but anxious to warn people to be careful. Full Story
Lyle

Oroville, CA

#1 Sep 29, 2010
Rattlesnake vaccinations are available for dogs and give the owner more time and a smaller vet bill.

“eHillbilly on Twitter”

Since: Mar 10

Oroville, PRK

#2 Sep 29, 2010
Not sure why someone in an economically distressed area would be owning several dogs, especially when they have to be kept outside together in a pen in the hot weather. Not to mention, a St. Bernard is no cheap dog to feed (and no small task when it comes to cleanup time.) Sounds more like a situation of owning dogs, instead of having pets that are members of the family.
Freedom Fighter

Oroville, CA

#3 Sep 29, 2010
I also found a green color rattlesnake this year at our house.
unbelief

Oroville, CA

#4 Sep 29, 2010
It was most likely a timber rattler who had just shed. They are very green.. and hillbilly, would you please try to be nice, and quit being judge and jury? Unless you know something for sure, keep your thoughts to yourself. Why add to someone's grief? It is not your job, and none of your business. I think you write just to get a rise out of people. Shame on you.
Jim

Chico, CA

#5 Sep 29, 2010
Rattlesnake vaccine for dogs is inexpensive.
peter

Marysville, CA

#6 Sep 29, 2010
I am so sorry for the loss of the dog.
hillbully hater

Fresno, CA

#7 Sep 29, 2010
hey hillbilly, ur a jacka$$
shan

Marysville, CA

#8 Sep 29, 2010
I am so sorry for the loss of her dog.
Basic

Durham, CA

#9 Sep 29, 2010
So sorry for your loss. we really need someone in our area to at least help put animals out on weekends. It is just awful to loose a pet in this manor.
Somewhere out there

Newark, NJ

#10 Sep 29, 2010
The snake was probably a fresh shed, but the possibility of it being a non native isn't that far fetched with people keeping all kinds of exotic pets that eventually escape or are turned loose. Florida's a huge mess with a large over population of pythons and boas in the wild unbalancing the whole eco system.
Wild should wild remain. I don't think much of people who keep exotics for not much more than a penis extention.
One who knows

Oroville, CA

#11 Sep 29, 2010
unbelief wrote:
It was most likely a timber rattler who had just shed. They are very green.. and hillbilly, would you please try to be nice, and quit being judge and jury? Unless you know something for sure, keep your thoughts to yourself. Why add to someone's grief? It is not your job, and none of your business. I think you write just to get a rise out of people. Shame on you.
The trick to getting people who get their jollies off kicking someone when they're already down is to not comment back.....since the comments show they got under your skin and that's the whole purpose.
Qxz

Redding, CA

#12 Sep 29, 2010
How sad. Although Mojave rattlers don't occur naturally in this area, it may have been an escaped "pet." Increasing numbers of people are keeping venomous snakes as "pets" in violation of local laws.

I have lived in rattler country for over three decades and rarely if ever have heard of one killing a dog. And local rattlers are usually gray and brown, never seen one looking at all green.

Since: Oct 07

Oroville, CA

#13 Sep 30, 2010
I have horses and when my vet was here to give them their West Nile Virus shots a few months ago, he told me about a miniature horse in the South Oroville area that got bit in the nose by a rattlesnake. He had to put to little guy down. I have lived in this area for years and have never seen a rattler here, but they are in this area. I will definitely be more watchful.
unbelief

Oroville, CA

#14 Sep 30, 2010
One who knows wrote:
<quoted text>
The trick to getting people who get their jollies off kicking someone when they're already down is to not comment back.....since the comments show they got under your skin and that's the whole purpose.
Actually, I had considered ignoring the idiot. He/she did not "get under my skin"..that is why my reply was fairly civil.. I think hillbilly needed to see that people can see thru the thin disguise of wisdom that he/she is trying to portray. I feel that by not replying, hillbilly can maintain the fantasy that someone actually agrees with him/her.
One who knows

Oroville, CA

#15 Sep 30, 2010
unbelief wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually, I had considered ignoring the idiot. He/she did not "get under my skin"..that is why my reply was fairly civil.. I think hillbilly needed to see that people can see thru the thin disguise of wisdom that he/she is trying to portray. I feel that by not replying, hillbilly can maintain the fantasy that someone actually agrees with him/her.
LOL! And this is probably true as well.:)
Michelle

Chico, CA

#16 Oct 1, 2010
There are tons of rattlers in and around the Oroville area. We kill many each year. Druggies keep them in aquariums in their homes to use when they get busted by BINTF, and to keep others from stealing their drugs.
Wow

Abiquiu, NM

#17 Oct 2, 2010
So the new "guard-dog" is the rattlesnake eh?
sparks_red

Redding, CA

#18 Oct 2, 2010
I have to agree with Michelle. There are rattlers in this area. You just don't always see them, especially in the heat of the day. I live on the edge of town but have actually found two in my yard in the past couple of years. They are looking for food and cool spots. With a field and creek behind the house that has mice and rats that supplies a food source that they will come up for. Luckily there is a big bull snake in the area that hopefully is taking care of the rattler issue as I haven't seen one in the last year. The kitty and dogs take care of the mice and rats.

One fallacy is that they don't always warn you, especially if they are shedding. If you don't catch a rattle bit within the first 12-24 hours then it is too late for anti-venom. So one need to check their animals at least once daily if they go outside without you, even in your yard in town. I have only had two dogs bitten in my lifetime. I passed away but my hound survived but the cost was enormous. The vaccine is worth the cost of treatment and possible loss.

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