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Dog lover's warning over snakes in marshes
8:00am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
A WOMAN has warned dog walkers of the dangers snakes pose after her beloved pooch died following a vicious snake attack.
The 35-year-old woman from Calder, East Tilbury, said she was “heartbroken” after her seven-year-old Jack Russell Kym failed to recover from a bite from an adder.
Kym was on her afternoon walk around the back of the house near East Tilbury Marshes when the owner took her off the lead.
The field, which was full of dogs, had been used as a regular walking spot, but this walk would not have a return journey.
The woman said her husband, who was walking Kym, saw the dog jump into the air as a snake reared up and lashed out, biting Kym in the face, leaving deep puncture wounds.
The dog was rushed to a vet in Basildon, but she couldn’t be saved, dying the same night.
The woman said she never expected her dog to die.
“I told myself she would be treated and sent home, but to be told she wasn’t coming back was such a shock.
“We have walked this route almost every day for seven years and have never seen a snake, but this one was basking in the sun and really lunged for Kym. The bite took effect almost immediately and her organs seemed to fail straight away. It is awful.
“I just wan’t people to be careful and be aware these snakes are out there.”
The adder is the only venomous snake living in the UK and usually only reacts when provoked.
Iain Newby, who runs Deadly Wild Animal Rescue Facility, in Great Wakering, said: “My condolensces to the dog’s owners, but adders are certainly out there, especially by the sea wall.
“I have known smaller dogs not to die from bites, but that is not always the case.
“Adders are part of our heritage and are protected, but we must be careful in certain places, expecially on hot days.”
This is not the first time deadly snakes have been found in Tilbury.
A saw-scaled viper, regarded as the world’s deadliest snake, was found on board a delivery from India at the Port of Tilbury last August.
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