Rock python kills family's Husky
WEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A dog owner is sharing his heartbreaking story after a python came out of nowhere and killed his dog in the backyard.
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Angel Bichara's son is still too traumatized to speak on camera about how he tried but failed to save the family dog, Duke, from the grip of a rock python in the backyard of their West Miami-Dade home. "He heard the dog barking and then he heard the dog crying, so when he walked outside, he saw the snake had grabbed on to the dog's nose area and had wrapped up," said Bichara.
Bichara's son first tried to pull the 10-foot snake off the 4-year-old, 60-pound Husky's neck with his bare hands. "So he grabbed it by his neck, and he was not able to move it because the snake was so strong he couldn't do anything," said Bichara. "So he grabbed the shovel, he hit it, and it didn't do anything. It just got the snake even more mad. It pissed him off. The snake even lunged at him and everything, but it never let go of the dog."
He then tried to cut the snake off with garden clippers, but at that point it was too late.
The family then called 911:
Operator: "Dade County Police and Fire, what is the address of your emergency?"
Bichara: "Hi, we have like a 6-foot python in our backyard that just killed our 90-pound dog."
The Bichara's believe the rock python might have come from nearby bushes in search of a meal.
Bichara is grateful his small children where not outside playing. "You know, I have kids. My daughter is a 5-year-old kid that's 35 pounds. You know, the kids play in the yard all the time. This defiantly came in here to feed," said Bichara.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officials said rock python snakes are not native to Florida, and have invaded a six-mile area of West Miami-Dade. Rock pythons are known for being very vicious. Burmese pythons are also not native to Florida.
"You know it's a monster. It's a 10 foot snake. It's a monster," said Bichara.
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