‘Everyone rooting for him really made a difference’: Dog bitten by cottonmouth returns home after weeks of treatment

Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 1:46 AM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Duncan, the dog bitten by a cottonmouth snake is now home after two weeks of treatment and multiple procedures.

The cairn terrier bitten by a water moccasin, is back and excited to be home. His accident served as a unfortunate reminder to be aware in the wild and is a lesson that comes with a few scars.

“This is where his skin graft comes from and he has to go get a bandage change everyday,” said Duncan’s owner Lizzie Ruse.

Ruse says Duncan isn’t allowed to run for a while and has to wear a cone on his head but is happy he’s okay. She feels the support she received from the Tallahassee dog community has made the the process much more bearable.

“Everybody rooting for him really, really made a difference. It’s just been nice,” shared Ruse.

She tells WCTV she plans to go back to the Bradforville Dog Park to visit friends but isn’t sure when she’ll be ready to take Duncan.

“I might go back after this just to see who’s there. I won’t take him, I don’t think. I wonder if he’ll even get out of the car if we ever go there again,” said Ruse.

Regardless, this incident has been a learning experience that Ruse says she’s glad is almost over.

“No, we’re really, really happy to see him again,” exclaimed Ruse.

Ruse says the medical bills has reach upwards of eight thousand dollars but says the donations and support she has received has made all the difference.

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