Family Says Dog Saved Girl, 4, From Copperhead Snake

KING WILLIAM, VA—A King William County family had quite the surprise when they found a massive copperhead snake in their garage, just a few feet away from their young daughter.

“When I saw it, I went ‘momma, snake!',” said 4-year-old Lainee Carlton of the frightening encounter with a 44-inch copperhead snake.

Abbi Carlton says her 4-year-old daughter Lainee was riding her bike around the garage she and her husband were just feet away in the yard.

That's when Carlton say the family's dog, a black lab named Bailey, took off running towards Lainee.

“The dog just came charging, running back in the garage and he was viciously—which I've never heard before— barking and growling,” said Carlton.

Carlton credits the family dog, Bailey, and her husband for saving Lainee from the unusually large 44-inch copperhead which was hidden under a chair.

“Seeing it that close to her and knowing what could have happened, I can't stop running through my mind the whole situation and if it weren't for the dog, we would have walked right past that snake,” said Carlton.

The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says the venomous snakes are usually about a 12 to 16 inches long, and are more active this time of year because of they are in search of small rodents that are born in the spring.

“I knew that big of a snake would have done a lot of damage to her and a lot of damage to him,” Carlton said.

Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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