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

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitneyabout a year ago

By the picture of the python, it is only a small one, they grow up to and more then 20 feet in the tropical places.

Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitneyabout a year ago

Yes Australia sure does have pythons, some people keep them as pets. you wouldn't ,get me near their houses. I run like hell. found a small python in one of my pot plants when I went to water them, called the people from the Botanic Gardens, there is a small zoo up there and they sent down their snake catcher and got it and released it out into the wild. It got a bit upset and tried to attack the catcher.

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.about a year ago

lucky dog to have such a brave owner

Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney1 years ago

Just a look of the snake in the photo gives me the creeps, smart lady she has more guts then me, just hate them.

Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney1 years ago

There has been more snakes around the Gold Coast because of the drought, gee wizz I would have run like hell, still got goose bumps up my spine from reading this good article.

john pierce
John Pierce2 years ago

Thanks for posting.

Chris C.
Chris C.2 years ago

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.

Mary Cromley
.2 years ago

What a story!

Amy L.
Amy L.2 years ago

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.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago

Good for her!