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Dog bitten by rattlesnake in Lompoc reunited with owner

A dog in Lompoc had a close call with a dangerous reptile over the weekend.

After escaping from his yard late last week, the pit bull mix named “Chulo” was spotted about a mile away by a Good Samaritan who took the injured dog to a Santa Barbara County Animal Services shelter.

Chulo’s face and neck were extremely swollen. There were also marks on the right side of his face showing evidence of a rattlesnake bite.

After plenty of rest and relaxation, he made a full recovery. On Tuesday, he was reunited with his owner.

“I feel happy that he is okay and I’m glad to see him because I haven’t really spent much time with him, but hoping we are still able to spend time together,” says Gerardo Navarro, Chulo’s owner.

Navarro says he’s only had Chulo for a couple of months. He apparently didn’t immediately recognize pictures of the dog because of his swollen face.

Animal Services says Chulo was microchipped before being returned to Navarro.


KSBY Staff

KSBY Staff

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