Haus the ‘Hero’ Dog Is Heading Home After Saving 7-Year-Old From Rattlesnake

The dog's owners tell "GMA" how the family pet protected their young daughter.

ByABC News
May 18, 2016, 9:33 AM

— -- Haus, a German shepherd being hailed as a hero for saving his 7-year-old owner, Molly DeLuca, from a rattlesnake in the family’s backyard last week, is finally going home from the animal hospital.

“We hope that Haus will get to go home today,” said his vet Jennifer Holm on “Good Morning America.” “We are doing a couple more checks on him early this afternoon, and fingers crossed, we hope that he will get to go home either today or tomorrow.”

The DeLuca family was reunited at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa, Florida, this morning with their protective 2-year-old dog, which they recently adopted from Heidi’s Legacy Rescue, a local nonprofit shelter. The family said the dog is doing “remarkably well.”

Haus suffered serious injuries after fighting the venomous snake on May 11 in order to protect Molly and her grandmother, who were nearby in the yard.

“I would almost say it seems miraculous, based on the turnaround we had from last week,” Molly’s mother, Donya DeLuca, said of Haus’ recovery. “We’re just really, really happy.”

She added that she “absolutely” believes Haus was doing everything in his power to keep her family safe.

“It’s easy to see for anyone who’s spent any time with Haus and our children that he absolutely nannies our children and watches out for them,” she said. “It’s common for him to sweep the yard or check everything out when he goes out, and he stood his ground and continued to charge when a large, venomous snake was attacking him.”

“I was really scared,” Molly recalled of the traumatic experience.