Man Saved From Snake by Ex Military Dog
During a routine stroll on a friend’s farmland off Peachers Mill Road, a 70-year-old man found himself face-to-face with a copperhead snake.
Luckily, he had a fellow veteran with him: Onex, a black Labrador not afraid of a fight.
Navy veteran Darrell Layne said that on July 14 he was opening a large cattle gate on the farm, but an old rotted fencepost blocked the gate. After he moved it, the fencepost broke in two. He threw one of the pieces aside, then noticed the venomous snake at his feet.
“I’m looking down, and not far was a copperhead,” he said. “He was coiled up and ready to strike me.”
Layne said he doesn’t normally see copperheads in the area, but there’s an old rock bluff where they might embed themselves.