Dog attacked by rattlesnake one year after first attack

Picture of Honeybear before being attacked by a rattlesnake. (Courtesy of Rhonda Millikan)

Picture of Honeybear before being attacked by a rattlesnake. (Courtesy of Rhonda Millikan)

 

A Valley woman is hoping her dog pulls through after helplessly watching a snake attack her. But this isn’t the first time that her border terrier was attacked by a rattler.

Rhonda Millikan was doing some housework in Queen Creek with her dog, Honeybear, and her cat, Susu, nearby, when they got an unexpected visitor.

“Both she and I, Honeybear and I, heard the rattle at the same time,” Ms. Millikan said.

Before Ms. Millikan could even holler after Honeybear, who wasn’t leashed, she was already gone.

“It just happened so fast, so, fast fast, I couldn’t even say, stop, and she was on that snake,” Ms. Millikan said.

Honeybear came face to face with a 5-foot rattlesnake. The snake struck twice, biting the dog’s eyes.

“She came back to me she immediately dropped,” Ms. Millikan said. “It just went into her system that quickly.”

This comes exactly one year after a similar situation. Ms. Millikan had just moved here to take care of her mom and brother, when a different snake attacked. But her dog pulled through.

A rattlesnake like this one attacked a dog. (Courtesy of KPHO/KTVK)

A rattlesnake like this one attacked a dog. (Courtesy of KPHO/KTVK)

While HoneyBear will likely lose an eye this time, Ms. Millikan is hoping her best friend can pull through again.

“I need to take care of my girl, she’s taken care of me all these years, I need to take care of her so I’ll find a way to do it, one way or another,” Ms. Millikan said.

Ms. Millikan is facing thousands of dollars in medical costs. She has started a GoFundMe page with a goal of $5,000.

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