START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

Woman Saves Her Dog from Python Attack

Woman Saves Her Dog from Python Attack

A woman in Australia heard strange yelps coming from outside her home, and ran out to find her dog being constricted by a python. She immediately grabbed its tail and started yanking it away from her terrier. Eventually she was able to disentangle the eight foot snake from her pet, and saved the dog’s life. During the struggle she had no regard for her own safety, just the focus of a life or death battle to protect her animal. She said, “It was all a bit of a blur, I just did the first thing that came to mind.”

Brenda Von Bovene is five feet and one inch tall. She had actually seen over a dozen snakes on her property recently. Though only one was as large as the python. Reportedly, snakes have been seen near residences in Australia more frequently recently. The snake that attacked Ms. Von Bovene’s dog was captured and relocated to the bush. The dog (Tammy) suffered some bruising, but is overall in good health.

Brenda made an excellent point about the safety of infants and other children in the area, “A snake (as big as that which attacked Tammy) could easily do the same to an infant.”

In March of this year, a python that had already eaten a dog, tried to ingest another dog. A month before, a scrub python consumed a 70 pound goat. Two years ago, a 16 foot python ate a family’s dog in Brisbane. This snake was also relocated to the bush.

Image Credit: whiskeymac / Flickr Creative Commons

Related Links
Lufthansa Stops Shipping Dogs and Cats to Laboratories
Snakebite Poison Prevention Website Created by World Health Organization

Read more: Community, Life, Nature & Wildlife, Pets, Wildlife, ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love


+ add your own
6:09AM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

Thanks for posting.

1:11PM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

janet h - are you for real? Right now they are trying to stop this very thing from happening in FL. Care2 is a place for animal lovers - all animals, all creatures. They should be rounding up the pythons and RELOCATING them.
2 wrongs don't make a right!
As for the story, I would've done the same thing the woman did! I guess when our loved ones are in trouble, be they human or animal, we act first and think about it later. This woman is a hero for saving her dog and not killing the snake.

12:38PM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

What a story!

12:29PM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

I know Australia has a very diverse snake population but I was not aware that pythons are indigenous to Australia. That was a scary story - glad the woman and her puppy are okay.

9:04AM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

Good for her!

8:03PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012


8:41PM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Glad the dog was unharmed.

8:35PM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Why is there not a bounty system put in place to catch and kill pythons in Florida? I would think that python skins could also be used to make boots, purses and other objects. I am sure there are people out there who would accept this challenge for the money making side of it. Do it at your own risk of course.

3:10PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

Amazing that she did not kill the snake out of protection for her pet! I love all animals, and never want to have to hurt one or kill one, especially when it is only acting naturally, but if it were something like this, I could see myself not even thinking like that and killing the snake to protect my furry family members. :/

3:56AM PST on Nov 25, 2011

Good job!! They should find out why they're seeing them more often, is something interfering with their normal food supply?

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

A wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing.

All good tips and information. Thanks.

Horrible the things done to animals in factory farming. Cruel, unhealthy, miserable and dangerous. …

Animals are awesome! Adorable! Thank you


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.