Area dog goes viral after saving owner from rattlesnake bite

A golden retriever named Todd saved his owner from a rattlesnake that consequently bit him in the face

A golden retriever named Todd saved his owner from a rattlesnake that consequently bit him in the face

A golden retriever puppy was attacked by a rattlesnake in Arizona on Friday after jumping to protect his owner.

Todd is now recovering after the risky snake attack.

Todd ended up suffering a serious bite on his snout.

Paula Godwin, a woman from Anthem, said on Facebook that her and her two dogs, Copper and Todd, were hiking "bright and early" around 7th Street and Carefree Highway in Phoenix on June 29.

"I literally walked right by him and Todd kind of jolted toward my foot to see what the heck was by my leg", Godwin recalled.

'This is what a hero looks like.

He leaped in between his owner and the snake that was about to strike.

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Would your best friend take a rattlesnake bite for you like this dog did? Todd showed great bravery at less than a year old.

Godwin shared the GoFundMe page's information, saying the fund will be for those in need, adding "Todd wants to help more puppies".

The fundraiser has risen $280 of the $500 goal as of Monday morning.

Paula Godwin It's OK, Todd!

Godwin told 12 News she broke plenty of traffic laws as she rushed Todd to a hospital.

There's nothing quite like the bond between a dog and its human. She said her courageous dog is doing "so well", and she is amazed by how quickly he is recovering from the potentially-deadly bite.

Todd is now recovering from the injury.

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