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Pet dog fighting for life after saving GC family from Brown snake

A ‘special’ family dog is fighting for life after being bitten by a large brown snake on the Gold Coast.

Leo, a purebred bull arab, was rushed to an emergency vet last Tuesday, where he remains, after he was bitten on the face by a 2m eastern brown snake in his Willowvale backyard.

The pet dog, who is a companion to the family’s young autistic son, is being hailed as a hero after attacking the reptile to protect Heath Brown, 12, and his little brother Zac, 9.


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Mum Rebecca Brown spoke to 1029 Hot Tomato’s Flan & Emily Jade this morning, warning other families to look out for their pets and to remain aware of the symptoms of a snake bite.

You can listen to the full interview below:

Leo, who has been at the vet for six days, has since made a miraculous improvement, however still has a long road to recovery.

A gofundme page has been set up to help the Brown Family with vet bills, which have now climbed above a staggering $6000.

A Facebook page dedicated to the hero dog has also been established so the public can follow Leo’s journey to recovery.


Shanee Dobeson
Shanee is a full-time Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. At the age of 20, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato in 2014, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal style blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.
  • Martina Weippeart

    Such a brave dog saving his family members from an eastern brown snake, praying that Leo pulls through and has a speedy recovery. I lost my cattle dog through a bite from a brown in 2014 and still miss her heaps.