They say every dog has its day, and thanks to a quick-thinking officer, this was it.
Seventeen-year-old Jacqueline Munet said she was looking into the backyard from behind the screen door when she saw a rattlesnake, KCBS reported.
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She said the rattlesnake was four feet long, and she had been mesmerized by its pattern. She could also hear its tail rattling.
Suddenly, her dog Bailey, who was also playing in the yard, was bitten by the intruder.
"I was panicked," Munet told KCBS. She then called 911, and told dispatch that her 11-year-old Labrador was bitten by a rattlesnake.
According to the La Verne Police Department's Facebook page, Officer Chris Dransfeldt arrived on the scene, and saw that the dog was already beginning to have a reaction. His eye started swelling from the venom.
"The young girl told Officer Dransfeldt that the dog was like another child to her parents and the family would be devastated if Bailey was to die," the La Verne Police Department wrote. Munet also did not have a car, and her mother was busy at work.
Officer Dransfeldt then did the only thing he could do. He took it upon himself to take the Labrador to the nearest veterinary hospital in La Verne in his police cruiser.
But they were turned away after being told that that hospital did not have the anti-venom, so once again, the cop and the dog hit the road.
The La Verne Facebook page said: "Officer Dransfeldt put Bailey in the back seat of his cruiser, where he lay whimpering from the pain of the bite."
But the veterinarians at the next hospital administered the anti-venom, and Bailey was quickly on his way to recovery. After a night spent at the hospital, he was able to return home the next morning.
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While Bailey appears to still have a little swelling from the bite, the La Verne Police Department reported that the dog is slowly recuperating.
"I didn't do anything that I wouldn't expect someone else to do," Officer Dransfeldt told KCBS.